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For a Lasting Landscape:
Paradise "Re-found" in the Gardens of Brécy (Conservation Matters lecture)

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Brécy is the most dazzling small-scale formal garden in private hands today in France. Located near the coast of Normandy and constructed during the second half of the 17th century by an unknown landscape architect for the Le Bas Family, the gardens of the Château de Brécy are contemporaneous with those of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles.

Join us as Eric Haskell takes us on a tour of the formal terraces, intricate parterres, and handsome fountains of this somewhat countrified version of grand-siècle garden with a unique Italianate flair. The painstaking process of restoration lasted over a decade, and through his lecture Haskell will explore what La Varande called the "inexplicable magnificence" of Brécy, placing it in the context of European garden history, landscape aesthetics, preservation issues, and the arts of France during the golden age of the Sun King's glory.

Gardens of the Chateau de Brecy

About Eric Haskell
Eric T. Haskell is professor of French studies and humanities at Scripps College, where he is also director of the Clark Humanities Museum. He received his Ph.D. in French literature from the University of California, Irvine. He also studied art history and architecture in the graduate program at UCI and at the École du Louvre in Paris.

About Conservation Matters
Conservation Matters is a series of occasional lectures hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute examining conservation issues from around the world.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

Gardens of the Chateau de Brecy

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