Arader Galleries

Portal du Chasteau de Tanlai / Eglise des Cordeliers de Tanlay

$ 350.00
Mathias Merian  (1593-1650)
Portal dr Chasteau de Tanlai / Eglise des Cordeliers de Tanlay
From: Topographia Galliae
Amsterdam: 1661
Size: 7 3/4" x 11 3/4"
Copperplate engraving
The Château de Tanlay at Tanlay (Yonne) is a French château built in Burgundy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, famous for its beauty and the setting. The walls are of limestone under tall sloping slate roofs à la française, surrounding three sides of a central court with cylindrical towers at its four corners. The château is entirely encircled by its rectilinear moat and approached on axis across a bridge marked by paired obelisks through a gatehouse (illustration) built in 1558, which straddles the low balustrade and projects forward into the moat. The perfect symmetry of the cour d'honneur is part of Tanlay's serene charm.