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An embarrassing painting
Following the principles of 18th-century architecture, all the rooms of the Château de Villarceaux are in a row. On the ground floor, next to the large vestibule, the dining room is a “modern” room for its time. It contains a series of 16th-century paintings, some of which come from the Ninon de Lenclos tower below. On the left wall, a nude of Françoise Scarron, future Marquise de Maintenon and secret second wife of Louis XIV, painted in the 17th century by Louis de Mornay, Marquis de Villarceaux, who wished to seduce her. This very famous and daring painting for its time was especially embarrassing for Scarron’s wife.
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