Androuet du Cerceau


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Androuet du Cerceau

(äNdro͞o-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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At Christie's on 4 July, the slightest of Raphaels, a head of the Madonna, fetched 54,000 [pounds sterling] and the Louvre acquired a 16th-century sheet by Jacques Androuet du Cerceau the Elder, A Portico of Two Stories in the Ionic Order above a Flight of Steps, for 38,400 [pounds sterling].
Bernard Palissy and Philibert de l'Orme each have a chapter, and Jean Bullant, Olivier de Serres, Jacques Boyceau, Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, and Salomon de Brosse share a chapter under second-generation" Calvinist architects.