Fouquet: guilty? and of what?

Sandra Gulland asks these fascinating questions in Baroque Explorations.

We have been talking quite a bit about Louis XIV and the conception of the Palace of Versailles lately. Well, Fouquet’s Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (below) was the inspiration for it all…

Vaux le Vicomte

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5 Comments to “Fouquet: guilty? and of what?”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    Dear all – Yes, I believe Fouquet was at the very least guilty of embezzlement. Louis XIV was not evil, and would not have destroyed Fouquet out of pure jealousy. But Sandra is right in her post: much mystery remains…

  2. Penny Klein says:

    ah, another lucious artwork for me to appropriate for my home. thank you for your explanation. i can see why Louis XIV would have him arrested. how dare he get so close to eclipsing the “sun king”. but then where did he get the money? he must have been misappropriating it. wasn’t he?

  3. Ariell says:

    Ah! I remember this story too. Because Louis was embarrassed that Vaux-le-Vicomte was more grand than anything he had at the time so he had Fouquet seized. I love it though!

  4. Lucy says:

    Yes, wasn’t it all because Louis felt he had been humiliated by the audacity of having been invited by Fouquet…only so that he could gloat and flaunt? So interesting:)

  5. Elisa says:

    I remember hearing about this story while doing the audio tour at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
    It’s a beautiful chateau though!

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