Sebastiano Serlio: Architect

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Phaidon Press, 2003 - Architecture - 400 pages
Documents the work of the Renaissance master.Sebastiano Serlio is known to scholars today primarily as an architecture theorist who codified and illustrated the five Roman orders of architecture in Volume IV, 'Regole generale' (1537) of a four-book treatise on architecture that collectively became one of the cornerstone texts of Renaissance architecture. Less well-known, however, are Serlio's architectural designs and built works, most of which were realized in France and which are documented in this publication. Serlio was born in Bologna in around 1475 and studied painting in his early life before moving to Rome in about 1514, where he was a pupil of the High Renaissance architect Baldassari Peruzzi. Following the sack of Rome, Serlio went to Venice, becoming acquainted with influential members of the French court and the French ambassador. Serlio traveled to France in 1541 to advise on the building works at Fontainebleau, and he remained in France for many years. Among the key works by Serlio that are extensively documented in this book are his Grand Ferrare, the house for the Papal Legate to France at Fontainebleau (1541-48), which became an important prototype for the hotel building type in France for the next century. Other buildings included here are his chateau at Ancy-le-Franc, Burgundy; a projected chapel, Saint-Eloi des Orfevres, near Chatelet; and the 'Rosmarino' castle, near Lyon. As the author documents, Serlio's writings, typological studies, and drawings were highly influential and were imitated by several generations of French architects. Traces of Serlio can be found in the works of Vignola, Palladio, and the French mannerists, and his books on architecture are still in print and remain classic theoretical texts. This monograph brings years of archival research together with photographs and original ink drawings, making it a valuable publication for students and scholars of Renaissance architecture, art, and art history.

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Preface Projects for Francois
Chapter two Serlios other works in France
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