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Two paintings by Poussin... the key to the enigma

 

This is a wonderful story that has kept me hooked like in the Da Vinci Code for more than six years, and that has thrown me into the heart of this strange enigma from the Abbot Sauniere. My discoveries have quite certainly reached those made in the past by a person named Henri Gasc, who was a parish priest at Notre Dame de Marceille, a church close to Rennes-le-Chateau. But who was that priest, Henri Gasc, a character at the centre of this mystery ? My story is that of a cross destiny with that mysterious priest and has the flavour of a family secret.

 

Six years ago, when my mother passed away, I inhereted two paintings which were previously originating from one of my ancestors, Henri Gasc, a parish priest near Carcassonne. Those two paintings were passed on to my great-granduncle, who was also called Henri Gasc, and later on to my grandfather, to my parents and then to me. My mother was very proud of those paintings, telling me about where they came from, but she did not tell me about the author. Within those paintings, some codes related to ancient knowledge, and to science, astronomy, perspectives, optics, have led me towards Nicolas Poussin, the great paint master, and I also realised that they were delivering a secret message.

 
   
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Who was really Nicolas Poussin, leading us through his deepest thoughts, like Leonardo da Vinci, to hidden messages ?
As I progressed through my discoveries, Poussin`s involvement was standing out in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery, and therefore Poussin`s secrets which imply a number of clues and assumptions.
The Rennes-le-Chateau mystery brought me little by little to the steps of a man called Henri Gasc, parish priest at Notre Dame de Marceille, a church very close to Rennes-le-Chateau. Could it be possible that a painter`s secret has become the key to Sauniere`s enigma, but also a family secret, transmitted to me through generations by my ancestor Henri Gasc ? The chain of clues revealed in my paintings has enabled me to go back in time, and by gathering leads step by step, to be certain that those paintings are the key for the mystery.
Henri Gasc arrives in 1838 at Notre Dame de Marceille and makes some discoveries through a series of renovation works in his church. That church is full of history and can be considered a 'magic place' for some, this is emphasised by the fact that the historical times of the Black Virgin revealed that underground tunnels were lying beneath the church.

 

     
ND-Marceille ND-Marcille Black Virgin

Notre Dame de Marceille
Lithography of the first half of the 19th century. Reynié and Certain

The church today after Priest Gasc’s big works in the 1860’s The Black Virgin
Notre Dame de Marceille

 

Notre Dame de Marceille's past is linked to France`s History. Indeed, from 1660 to 1673, Francois Fouquet - Nicolas Fouquet`s brother (Superintendent of Finances under King Louis XIV) - manages Notre Dame de Marceille as bishop of Narbonne and carries out some renovations. Did Henri Gasc find Poussin`s paintings within one of the secret hideouts or underground tunnels renovated by Francois Fouquet ?
This is certainly true because this hypothesis is based upon historical facts. The Fouquets’destiny is linked to France History. This family was also very close to the great painter Nicolas Poussin since Nicolas Fouquet was his patron. Powerful, Fouquet was probably too much, as King Louis XIV kept an even closer watch on him. The correspondence between Louis Fouquet and his brother Nicolas attests of secrets and confidences shared between the painter and the Fouquets’. What secret ?
The King, himself, may have asked such a question, as, according to some sources, he could have been informed of this correspondence .

 
     
  Fouquet's correspondence  
  He [Poussin] and I discussed certain things, which I shall with ease be able to explain to you in detail - things which will give you, through Monsieur Poussin, advantages which even kings would have great pains to draw from him, and which, according to him, it is possible that nobody else will ever discover in the centuries to come. And what is more, these are things so difficult to discover that nothing now on this earth can prove of better fortune nor be their equal.”  

 

Charged with embezzlement, Nicolas Fouquet was in danger and his arrest in 1661 ordered by the King is no surprise.
François Fouquet had grounds for seeking to hide some precious deposits in this church that was under his jurisdiction. All Nicolas Fouquet’s wealth is seized some time after. Louis Fouquet died in 1673 and the precious deposits waiting for Nicolas Fouquet’s release from prison have been kept in this hidden place since Nicolas Fouquet died in prison in 1680 ! The Fouquets’ owned an enormous wealth, a great treasure!
Did Priest Gasc find this treasure ? and in this treasure were found two precious paintings hidden from the King that might unveil the secret message of Nicolas Poussin, mentioned in Abbé Louis Fouquet’s letter sent to his brother Nicolas ?? Priest Gasc, who was also a painter, could not ignore the value of the discovered paintings. He was also in a position to understand the message, unveil their mystery and identify the painter who was hidden behind these works : Nicolas Poussin.
Henri Gasc finally understood why these paintings had been kept hidden when he deciphered their secret message.........

Nicolas Fouquet

Nicolas Fouquet
 

  Nicolas Poussin

Nicolas Poussin

Any secret must be kept over the time without being really unveiled: this is what Henri Gasc did with some subtly coded parchments unveiling the name of Nicolas Poussin. They were unexpectedly discovered by Priest Saunière in a Wisigoth pilar of his Church in Rennes-le-Château and delivered all clues related to the secret discovered by Priest Gasc whose key is given by the paintings. Henri Gasc entrusted Priest Boudet with the secret who was to become the key character of this enigma.
He is going to deliver through his writings a true clue game leading to the enigma....and my paintings.
Henri Boudet , a relative of Priest Saunière, is going to help him restore the Church of Rennes-le-Château. This is therefore no random that put these parchments, and maybe further treasures, on Saunière’s path, but more surely two Priests called Henri Gasc and Henri Boudet. The two men are in the very heart of this enigma which was transmitted without being unveiled. Two paintings found in a church are delivering a painter’s secret, Nicolas Poussin’s secret and have become the key to Rennes Le Château’s enigma but also to a family’s secret.