Androuet du Cerceau
Cerceau, Du, Family
Du Cerceau's son Baptiste (1544/7–90) became a major architect working in Paris at the end of C16, and entered the service of the King in 1575. He succeeded Lescot as architect at the Louvre in 1578, completing the west part of the south wing of the Square Court (1582). He made designs for the Pont Neuf (1578), but in 1585 he fled Paris as a Protestant refugee. Baptiste's brother Jacques (c.1550–1614) became architect to King Henri IV (1589–1610) and was very likely responsible for the pavilions in the Place des Vosges. Baptiste's son, Jean (c.1585–c.1649), was appointed architect to King Louis XIII (1610–43) in 1617 having trained with his cousin, Salomon de Brosse, with whom he worked on the Palais du Luxembourg, Paris. He was involved in the development of the Marais and Île St-Louis areas (1620s–1640s), and was responsible for the Hôtel Sully (now Béthune-Sully—1625–9) and the Hôtel de Bretonvilliers (1637–43), in Paris, both extraordinary for their cunningly contrived axes and richly carved decorations. Jean also rebuilt de L'Orme's staircase in the Cour du Cheval Blanc at Fontainebleau with a complicated horseshoe-shaped arrangement.
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Androuet du Cerceau
Androuet du Cerceau (äNdrōō-ā´ dü sĕrsō´), family of French architects active in the 16th and 17th cent. It was founded by Jacques Androuet, c.1520–c.1584, surnamed du Cerceau [Fr.,=circle] from the emblem of a circle marking his workshop. He is best known for his writings and his fanciful engravings of decorative architectural elements. Attributed to him are designs for two châteaux, Verneuil and Charleval. Of his two sons, who both worked on the Louvre, Baptiste Androuet du Cerceau, c.1545–1590, designed the Pont Neuf spanning the Seine at Paris and became supervisor of royal construction in Paris, while Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, the younger, c.1556–1614, worked on the Tuileries. Baptiste's son Jean Androuet du Cerceau, c.1585–1650, is known for his mansions in Paris, one of which is the Hôtel de Sully.
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