Du Cerceau:see Androuet du CerceauAndrouet du Cerceau
, 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.
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(also Ducerceau), a French family of architects of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Jacques Androuet the Elder. Born 1510 or 1512, in Paris; died circa 1585, in Annecy, Savoy. From 1531 to 1533 he worked in Italy. He is famous for his collections of engravings (Book of Architecture, 1559-61; Classical Arches and Monuments, 1560; The Most Beautiful Buildings of France, 2 vols., 1576-79, containing reproductions made with detailed precision). In his designs and visionary architectural schemes he drew freely upon elements from classical and Italian Renaissance architecture. He designed the splendid and imposing châteaux Charleval (Normandy) and Verneuil (Ile-de-France).
Jacques Androuet the Younger. Born circa 1550; died 1614. He participated in the building of the Grande Galérie of the Louvre and the Pavilion de Flore of the Tuileries in Paris (1600-08).
Salomon de Brosse also belonged to the Du Cerceau family.
REFERENCESGeymüller, H. de. Les Du Cerceau, leur vie et leur oeuvre. Paris, 1887.
Hautecoeur, L. Histoire de l’architecture classique en France, vols. 1-2. Paris, 1965.