Beauregard Castle

Beauregard Castle
Beauregard Castle

We have already spoken on other occasions about the set of Loire Castles in the center of France and they are an excellent example of the Renaissance and Baroque palace architecture in Europe. We have talked about the castles of Chenonceau, Sully sur Loire or Chambord. And today we want to introduce you to Beauregard Castle.


Chateau de Beauregard

As it happens in other cases, this construction is the result of a long evolution over decades and centuries, in addition to the presence of various owners, each one with their aesthetic whims.

Initially there was a small hunting lodge here used by King Francis I, who spent a lot of time in this region. But later, the Secretary of State of King Henry II, would buy the place in 1545. It was Jean du Thiers, who architecturally designed this construction.

However, a key character is still missing to understand his stylistic evolution, now in his internal rooms. Beauregard Castle was purchased in the early 17th century by Paul Arde, who was of course also a minister to the monarchy. He actually worked for her all his life. And he began to commission the gallery of royal portraits that is still visited in the castle. He and his descendants continued that gallery with over 300 portraits showing all thekings of France between 1,328 and 1,643.

But in addition to all this, Beauregard Castle is interesting for the history of art for its gardens. It was an example of how French gardens began to be designed in the English way (à l'anglaise). A type of garden less organized than the French one, and that has a more wooded and wild appearance, and where there is no lack of water.

It is true that this English garden was built as early as the 19th century, since before there was one that followed more baroque standards. But this influence was quite a novelty. And not only that, but already at the end of the 20th century, another area of ​​the 40 existing hectares of garden was taken advantage of, to design more contemporary spaces, where everything revolves around the color of the groupings of plants.

In other words, in this place we can see an architectural and interior design evolution, but above all we see how the landscape concepts have been changing over time, and are adding to each other, since this discipline type, unlike other arts, works with living and changing elements.

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