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by Roberto Schezen

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ISBN:
0789300125
Author:
Roberto Schezen
Category:
Architecture
Language:
English
Publisher:
Universe (July 15, 1995)
Pages:
288 pages
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1940 kb
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1814 kb
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1193 kb
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Rating:
4.7
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These dignified houses are remarkable not only for their beauty. Roberto Schezen is a Milan-based architectural photographer. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

These dignified houses are remarkable not only for their beauty. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. He has provided the photographs for several books, including Italian Splendor: Great Palaces, Castles, and Villas and Spanish Splendor: Great Palaces, Castles, and Country Houses, both published by Universe.

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Splendor of France book. The elegant châteaux, luxurious estates, and stately private residences built in France over the past several centuries are spectacularly presented in this landmark volume. These dignified houses are remarkable not only for their beauty, but also for the rich history that has imbued their walls for centuries. Often built over long periods of time, expanded and redecorated.

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Items related to The Splendor Of France: Chateaux, Mansions, And Country. Home photographs by Roberto Schezen; text by Laure Murat;. The Splendor Of France: Chateaux, Mansions, And Country Houses. This is a book that celebrates the legendary and often-mimicked French life-style at its pinnacle. From Library Journal: Imagine a dwelling so splendid that the king of France, after spending the evening there as a guest, claps the owner in jail for the rest of his life for attempting to overshadow the monarchy! Vaux-le-Vicomte is but one of many chateaux featured in this volume that could incite the envy of royals.

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The elegant châteaux, luxurious estates, and stately private residences built in France over the past several centuries are spectacularly presented in this landmark volume. These dignified houses are remarkable not only for their beauty, but also for the rich history that has imbued their walls for centuries. Often built over long periods of time, expanded and redecorated according to the taste of the period, scarred by revolution and war, and restored magnificently by some of the best-known architects, interior decorators, and artists of their epochs, these great houses are tangible records of France's glorious past-- and present.More than twenty-five of the most enchanting properties are captured in all their glory. The reader is taken on a photographic tour through the regions of France, with visits to the châteaux in the Loire, Brittany, Burgundy, and Provence, among others. The thresholds of a number of the most private grand houses in and around Paris, the world capital of fashion and décor, are also crossed. Accompanying the magnificent photographs is text describing the fascinating history of each locale.The diverse architecture, incredible interiors, priceless furniture, painting, and sculpture collections, and fabulous, inventive designs for gardens and the surrounding landscape are focused on in this astounding and complete view of a particularly intriguing way of life that is difficult to conceive of as existing in the late twentieth century. Some of the most famous and beloved houses of the French nation, as well as some of the most private and difficult to visit, are illustrated. This is a book that celebrates the legendary and often-mimicked French life-style at its pinnacle.
  • Gholbimand
This is one of the most spectacular coffee-table books on the market. I was stunned by it. With only a marginal interest in the topic I took the plunge and bought it because of its general appeal and relatively low cost. I was well-rewarded for my investment. I expected a rehash of the typical Frend monumental architect, but was delighted to encounter a wide range of historic buildings with which I was unvamiliar. The book is huge, although not overly thick, with lavish color photographs augmented with acceptable prose descriptions. It is now in pride of place on my coffee table.
  • Cala
I got this because I really missed France after studying architecture there for a semester. This book really captured the same feeling of many of the historical sites I visited. My favorites are Chenonceau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, the French chateaux with formal garden.
This paper back version is only 287 pages much shorter then the first hardcover that was about 400-500 pages. I don't quite remembered, but I think there were some lesser chateaux taken out. I found the hardcover for $130 at a local architectural bookstore. So, this definitely a steal at Amazon price of $28.
The pictures are very big; every other page is a full page photograph. Some pages have a smaller picture and a written summary. This is more of a picture book with very little written texts, so you can't really use it for writing a resource paper. The picture of the building or site is very clean, since most of these places are full of tourist and it is funny seeing it empty. There are photographs of Chateaux, garden, interior design with furniture, and sculpture.
If you like France and garden after the Baroque period, this is a nice book. It would be a five star if they didn't condense the book from the in-depth first edition.
  • Morad
It is beautiful, it is informative and well put together. Be aware that it is HUGE. Definitely a coffee table book. I think most will enjoy this, whether you love France or you love decorating.
  • Shliffiana
A great and large collection of huge impressive photos for any Francophile that loves the French countryside and it's haute-couture architecture. A super reference for artists and travelers.
  • Kirinaya
Beautiful color photos! The text is organized by region: Lorraine, Picardy, Loire Valley, Paris, and so forth. It contains photos of interiors and exteriors of chateaux and and mansions that usually are not included in books of this type. My very favorite photo is the Grand Salon at La Lude in the Loire Region. There is also a map of France on page 17 showing the locations of all the subjects of the book.

Other favorites are:

* Entrance hall at La Lorie;
* The elliptical Grand Hall and the gardens at Vaux -le-Vicomte (of course!);
* The Room of Minerva at Dampierre;
* The salon, semi-circular hallway, and library at Groussay;
* The staircase entry at Anet;
* The Hercules Gallery, the Grand Salon, the Salon of the Muses, and the Red Salon at Hotel Lambert in Paris;
* The main staircase at Barbantane, Provence.

The reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 stars is that there are also a lot of photos of bric-a-brac such as kitchen pots and pans, tables, old doors and gates, weathered busts and statues, and so forth. I just don't care for such things.

Also, some of the photos are quite small. For example, the photo of the central summer salon at Bagatelle on page 45 is only about 5 - inches (130 mm) square in a page that is almost 12 inches (300 mm) square. If the photo had filled the page, the room would be spectacular.
  • Nuadador
This is a nice book on an amazing subject. Maybe I expected too much from this book, I don't know, but though I liked it very much indeed, it did not blow me away. Something was missing, I think it was Versailles and Fountainbleau and maybe Sceaux. I just thought most of the greatest chateaux where absent, although I loved the section on Vaux le Vicomte, now that is a spectacular chateaux by anyones definition; maybe the most beautiful in France...Louis XIV thought so. The photographs where first rate and I did enjoy the book, I just wanted more. Having said that I do recommend it to anyone who in interested in this subject; for those it really is a book worth owning.