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André Le Nôtre : gardener to the sun king

Author: Erik Orsenna
Publisher: New York : George Braziller, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Gardens at Versailles, the most extravagant and influential gardens in European history, emerged from the long association of Louis XIV and his master gardener, Andre Le Notre." "Born in Paris, the son and grandson of gardeners, Le Notre grew up in the Tuileries Gardens and in the nearby royal workshops of the Louvre. He was recognized as a genius in his time, particularly for his innovative use of perspective
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Orsenna, Erik, 1947-
André Le Nôtre.
New York : George Braziller, 2001
(OCoLC)606737941
Named Person: André Le Nôtre; André Le Nôtre; André Le Nôtre; André Le Nôtre; André Le Nôtre
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Orsenna
ISBN: 0807614874 9780807614877
OCLC Number: 46448947
Description: 151 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. The Geography Fairies 1 --
II. A Bit of Tuscany 5 --
III. Island amid the Frenzied Fevers 9 --
IV. The Passion for Perspective 15 --
V. The Great Concourse 21 --
VI. Rhizomes and Embroidery 27 --
VII. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" 33 --
VIII. Visual Politics 45 --
IX. A Book Twenty-five Hundred Acres Big 53 --
X. Friendship 59 --
XI. A Canal 65 --
XII. To Satisfy the Fountains 67 --
XIII. Mathematical Happiness 77 --
XIV. On Bonhomie 83 --
XV. Archipelago 91 --
XVI. Trust and Betrayal 103 --
XVII. Embracing His Holiness 107 --
XVIII. Slights 113 --
XIX. Great Love 117 --
XX. Last Will, Final Walks, Closing Prayers 129.
Other Titles: Portrait d'un homme heureux.
Responsibility: Érik Orsenna ; translated from the French by Moishe Black.

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"The Gardens at Versailles, the most extravagant and influential gardens in European history, emerged from the long association of Louis XIV and his master gardener, Andre Le Notre." "Born in Paris, the son and grandson of gardeners, Le Notre grew up in the Tuileries Gardens and in the nearby royal workshops of the Louvre. He was recognized as a genius in his time, particularly for his innovative use of perspective and reflective water surfaces. His services were sought by the rich and powerful, and he moved at ease among them. On a trip to Rome, overwhelmed by Pope Innocent XI's interest in his work, he took him in his arms and kissed him, to the later disbelief of the court back at Versailles."

"In this well-documented and poetic portrait, Erik Orsenna recounts Le Notre's life, friendships, and achievements. He describes a deeply creative man, whose savoir-faire and good nature gained him the King's friendship and allowed him to give free reign to his artistic relent. "You are a happy man, Le Notre," Louis XIV told him. This book abounds with evidence that this was true."--Jacket.

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