c. 1600 – 1830 century
Europe — Influences: ornate response by Catholic Counter-Reformation to renew papal and monarchical mystique and power

Lavish ornamentation of Baroque architecture and design in the 16th to 18th centuries was an result of the Catholic Counter-Reformation in which the displayed wealth added to the mystique of the church and ruling class.

French Baroque, France

Extravagant wealth, displayed by French royalty and the aristocracy to symbolize power and grandeur, peaked during the Baroque period after the Renaissance and leading up to the French Revolution of 1789.

This period was characterized by domes and Mansard roofs, interiors of ornate carvings, painted barrel-vaulted ceilings and gilded columns, and formal gardens laid out in geometric patterns that expanded the architecture with fountains, reflecting pools and flower beds.

Chateau d’Artigny

Upon leaving Chartres, France, we headed off to Château d’Artigny near Montbazon, a few miles away from the city of Tours. Sitting along the Indre River in the heart of the Loire Valley, this near-replica of the 18th-century château at Champlâtreux was completed in 1928. We called it home for a few days while we took in the local sites. However, this…

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