Saturday, 9 May 2009

L'hôtel particulier de Madame Du Barry

As promised the day before yesterday, a little more about Madame Du Barry who was one of King Louis the 15th's mistresses. Jeanne Du Barry became a refined patron of the arts and survived the king only to be guillotined during the French Revolution. More about her by clicking here. This was her house on the Avenue de Paris, built in 1751 and acquired by the lady in 1772. After the king's death, it was used by Louis the 16th's brother, count of Provence. It is now the seat of the Val d'Oise-Yvelines Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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Comme promis il y a deux jours, en voici un peu plus sur l'hôtel particulier de Jeanne Du Barry, qui succéda à Madame de Pompadour au titre de favorite de Louis XV. Mécène des arts et lettres, elle survécut au roi pour être guillotinée sous la révolution. L'histoire de cette femme intéressante se trouve par ici. Ce qui fut son hôtel particulier sur l'avenue de Paris est aujourd'hui le siège de la chambre de commerce Val d'Oise-Yvelines. Construit en 1751 et acquis par la belle en 1772, il fut ensuite habité par le Comte de Provence, frère de Louis XVI.

8 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting story!
Thanks for sharing!
I loved the angle in the second shot!
Have a nice weekend
Léia

That is the chicken said...

Beautiful shadows and clouds...I like the angle you took this shot at.

Jacob said...

Lovely photographs. It is perhaps fitting that the Madame's house be used as a seat of industry.

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful building. I like the faces over the windows.

gogouci said...

The detailed ornamentation make this timeless example of architecture.

Linda said...

Amazing to think of all this grandeur for one person.

JM said...

It seems Madame du Barry had a good life! Short... but great!

m_m said...

Lovely house:) And I like your capture of shadows on it:)