Paris, Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine

This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date dedicated the architect Jacques Androuet de Cerceau (1520-1586), making the case for de Cerceau to be considered “the inventor” of French architecture. The exhibition positions this master, about which not much is known, in the annals of architectural history as a highly significant figure.

In addition to producing the first architectural anthology, Les plus excellent bastiments de France, he left behind an extensive graphic oeuvre, some of which is on exhibition in the form of drawings, engravings, paintings and 3D restitutions. The exhibition is accompanied by three publications and a series of academic lectures.

A genius of ornamentation, imagination and precision, Androuet du Cerceau’s progeny also went on to contribute significantly to French architecture, with two of his sons contributing to the Tuileries and the Louvre in Paris.

February 10th through May 10th, 2010
Palais de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
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