Claude Perrault

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Claude Perrault

Perrault, Claude


Born circa 1613 in Paris; died there Oct. 8, 1688. French architect. Brother of Charles Perrault.

A physician by training, Perrault independently studied mathematics, physics, engineering, and archaeology. His most important architectural works were his designs for the Louvre, which represent the peak of early French classicism. Of these designs, only two—the great east front and the more modest southern facade—have been carried out. The great east front, which is subordinated to the austere and imposing rhythm of paired Corinthian columns, is imbued with majesty and nobility. Outstanding among Perrault’s theoretical works is his translation of Vitruvius (1673), which for a long time was considered to be the best.


Hautecoeur, L. Histoire de l’architecture classique en France, vol. 2, part 1. Paris, 1967.
Brönner, W. D. Blondel-Perrault. Bonn, 1972. (Dissertation.)
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