Jacques BOYCEAU DE LA BARAUDERIE  (1560-1633)
Gentleman of the King’s Privy Chamber, Jacques Boyceau de la Barauderie was Intendant des Jardins under Louis XIII. In this capacity he worked on the first garden of the Château of Versailles and with his nephew Jacques de Menours, for the Queen’s garden at the Palace of Luxembourg, for the Tuileries and for Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Le Luxembourg, parterre de broderie
> The Luxembourg, parterre de broderie
His Traité du jardinage selon les raisons de la nature et de l'art was published in 1638. This work included numerous models for embroidery parterres, but above all it clearly explained several of the theoretical and artistic fundaments of the art of the garden in the seventeenth century.
In his treatise, Boyceau also extolled the new esthetic as it had been elaborated at Richelieu, Saint-Germain, and especially in the Luxembourg garden. This esthetic was characterized by the composition of homogeneous, monumental unities with harmonious proportions, in which the parts were subordinated to the whole. The large parterres thus formed were surrounded by terraces, allowing a better view from above. Le Luxembourg, parterre de broderie
> The Luxembourg Garden : the grand parterre seen from the first floor