from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fouquet, Jean 1420?-1480? French artist who produced religious paintings, unidealized portraits, and book illuminations.


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  • Fifty years of repetition gave time for the growth of the story.] [Footnote 28: Commines, iii., ch. x.] [Footnote 29: Legend makes it that Jeanne Laisne, called Fouquet, chopped off the hands of the standard-bearer with a hatchet.

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  • Jean Fouquet is considered the greatest of 15th-century French artists.

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  • While Hercules and Apollo perform superhuman feats in Le Brun's majestic ceiling paintings, bushy-tailed squirrels peer out from the background or pose in secondary panels, including an oblong cartouche in the Salon des Muses emblazoned with Fouquet's motto, Quo non ascendet?

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  • How else, Louis reasoned, could Fouquet have bankrolled the wonders of Vaux?

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  • Even Fouquet's impressive collection of exotic trees would eventually be replanted in the gardens of Versailles.

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  • In the presence of so many posturing rodents, his highness apparently began to smell a rat, and a scant three weeks after the party, Fouquet was taken into custody by Lt. Charles d'Artagnan of the king's musketeers on charges of embezzling state funds.

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  • The château—in the municipality of Maincy, some 38 miles southeast of Paris—was built as the home of Nicolas Fouquet, King Louis XIV's superintendent of finances, who spared no expense in the pursuit of beauty.

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  • Fouquet employed more than 18,000 laborers during the five-year construction of Vaux; he relocated three entire villages just to accommodate the landscaping.

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  • Small pleasures are scattered inside the house as well, where the decorator Le Brun, founding director of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, arranged for carved, painted and woven depictions of squirrels—Fouquet's family emblem—to appear in a multitude of unexpected locations.

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  • As Fouquet's guests celebrated amid fireworks, orchestral music and the premiere of a play by Molière, the king surely admired the glorious château.

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