Du Cerceau

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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Du Cerceau


(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.


Geymüller, 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.
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Parmi les domaines sur lesquels ils ont insiste l'on retient l'apprentissage des sciences informatiques, de l'espace, les mathematiques et les dessins animes, les jeux d'echecs, du cerceau dans le but de d'integrer le jeu et le divertissement comme support d'enseignement.
Ainsi, en feuilletant du pouce et de l'index Les Jeux de notre enfance, le lecteur a rendez-vous avec le jeu du cerceau et tant d'autres loisirs qui ont marque a tout jamais une tranche de vie de notre existence.
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].
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In this context, Antoine Caron, Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, Palladio, and Etienne du Perec are considered.
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.
Undaunted by the ruined state of the chateau, which stands "like a wreck upon the land," Dilke appeals again to one of Du Cerceau's engravings (figure 2).
Her disappointment in the reality of Chambord, for example, derives from the building's failure to conform to Du Cerceau's representation and her attendant fantasy.
The east wing underwent various changes, the most remarkable being the creation in 1632-34 of the horseshoe-shaped staircase by the architect Jean Androuet du Cerceau.
Martin describes Jacques Androuet du Cerceau's chateau deforme ovale as "an example of obsessive symmetry" (8).