Louis Le Vau

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Louis Le Vau
Collège des Quatre Nations, Paris
today the seat of the Institut de France

Louis Le Vau (also Levau ; * 1612 in Paris ; † October 11, 1670 in Paris) was a French builder who lived in Paris and worked for King Louis XIV and his finance minister Nicolas Fouquet , among others . From 1653 to 1670 he was court architect with the title Premier architecte du Roi .

Inspired by forms of the Italian Baroque , he overcame the Renaissance style. He was one of the founders of the French Louis-quatorze , the representational style of Louis XIV. The Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle is considered his main work .

After Jacques Lemercier's death , he took over the construction management of the Tuileries Palace , the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles .


as well as numerous private houses


  • Hilary Ballon: Louis Le Vau. Mazarin's Collège, Colbert's revenge. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ 1999, ISBN 0-691-00186-3 .

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