Nicolas Fouquet (1615-1680) was an important figure in French history. Like his family emblem, the squirrel, he lived up to his motto “Quo non ascendent“ (What heights will he not scale). He rose to become Superintendent of Finances under Louis XIV and successfully restored the state’s credit. He was also a great patron of the arts whose supreme legacy was creation of the magnificent Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of his birth, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is dedicating 2015 to both celebrating his artistic patronage and, hopefully, shedding light on the man himself. The estate is planning an array of not-to-be missed events, tours and special exhibitions that will honour his gift for recognizing and cultivating artistic talent. Consistent with our mission of restoring and protecting the estate, we are also launching three restoration projects to preserve and enhance the beauty of Fouquet’s creation and hosting a horticultural discussion about the decline of the boxwood due to fungus and box blight that is devastating many gardens, especially historical ones.
Additionally, we have entered into relationships with erudite institutions, researchers and experts to enable a better understanding of the 17th century lifestyle and ideals that Fouquet helped elevate. With the help of our esteemed partners we hope to decipher, analyse and expand upon all the information Nicolas Fouquet produced during his lifetime to gain keener insights into his personality and his lasting mark on world culture.
There is much here to be enjoyed by art historians, culture enthusiasts, and the general public at large. We hope you will join in our celebration and share all that you deem relevant with your audience.
Alexandre, Jean-Charles and Ascanio de Vogüé
Please download the 2015 events program of Vaux-le-Vicomte here
Please download the 2015 research and scientific partners here