Dassault Group is contributing to the restoration of the Grand Salon in the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the building’s nerve center and the hub linking all other rooms. The Grand Salon is a complex, innovative, unfinished space crowned by a cupola soaring 18 meters (59 feet) above ground level for a total surface area of 400 m² (4,300 sq. ft.).
The cupola was to be embellished with the largest fresco in France at the time. However, the arrest of Nicolas Fouquet in 1661 prevented the painter Charles Le Brun from launching this artistic odyssey. Thankfully, several preparatory sketches have been preserved through the centuries at the Graphic Arts Department of the Louvre Museum.
On the lower elevations, the cupola is supported by 16 telamones, sculpted by Jacques Houzeau from designs by Charles Le Brun representing the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the four seasons.