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Second livre d'architecture

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Published)

  • Date:

    c. 1561-1580 (Published)
    1561 (First published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Du Cerceau, Jacques Androuet I (Etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching

  • Museum number:

    E.5138-1903

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf A, box 91

Physical description

1 of 66 plates of designs for chimney-pieces, monuments, fountains, etc. re-bound into a 20th-century volume.

Place of Origin

Paris (Published)

Date

c. 1561-1580 (Published)
1561 (First published)

Artist/maker

Du Cerceau, Jacques Androuet I (Etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching

Dimensions

Height: 40.9 cm, Width: 28.5 cm

Object history note

The Second livre d'architecture was first published in Paris in 1561 as a series of 66 unnumbered plates with a title page, dedication to Charles IX and introductory text. In this edition the title page was lettered 'Imprimé pour Jacques Androuet du Cerceau'. A second edition was then published around 1580, with the original 66 plates but with a new text and title page, the latter retaining the original publication date (i.e. 1561) but now lettered ' De l'imprimerie d'André Wechel'.

The V&A museum's volume contains all 66 plates but is missing its title page etc. A facsimile of the title page from the Latin edition (published the same year and not De Architectvra as it might suggest), has been bound with the volume, probably when it was re-bound on its acquisition in 1903. It is therefore not entirely clear whether this volume is the first, second or Latin edition, though Guillaume and Fuhring et. al (Paris, 2010) note that the second edition was printed on thinner paper than the first.

For more on these two editions see Guillaume and Fuhring et. al., 2010, p. 315.

The NAL holds editions of the following works by Androuet Du Cerceau:

De architectvra (Paris, 1559-61)
Leçons de perspective positive (Paris, 1576)
Livre d'Architecture (Paris,1582) and later editions
Livre des Edifices antiques Romains (1584)

Sarah Grant

Descriptive line

Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau, 1 of 66 plates of designs for chimney-pieces, monuments, fountains, etc, French, c. 1561-1580.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Androuet Du Cerceau, J. Second livre d'architecture, Paris, 1561
Meyer, Julius, et al. Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon, unter Mitwirkung der namhaftesten Fachgelehrten des In- und Auslandes (Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1872-1885): vol. II, pp. 20-26.
Guilmard, D. Les Maîtres Ornemanistes, Paris, 1880-1881, 13.
Geymüller, H. von Les Du Cerceau, leur vie et leur oeuvre (Paris: Librairie de l'Art, 1887)
Herbet, F. Les Graveurs de l'école de Fontainebleau (Fontainebleau: Maurice Bourges, 1896-1902): vol. IV, pp. 295-309; vol. V, pp. 85.
Linzeler, A. and Jean Adhémar. Inventaire du fonds français; graveurs du seizième siècle (Paris: M. Le Garrec; Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1932-1935, 1938): vol. 1, p. 70.
Androuet Du Cerceau, J. Les trois livres d'architecture: Paris, 1559, 1561, 1582 (facsimile edition), Ridgewood N.J., 1965.
J.-J. Gloton, Renaissance et baroque à Aix et en Provence…, Rome, École Française de Rome, Palais Farnèse, 1979, I, p. 103.
Boudon, F., 'Les livres d'architecture de Jacques Androuet du Cerceau', Les Traités d'architecture de la Renaissance, Paris, 1988: 367-396.
Byrne, J. S. 'Some sixteenth-century designs for tombs and fountains in the Metropolitan Museum', Master Drawings, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Autumn, 1983), pp. 263-270.
M. Chatenet, " Une nouvelle "cheminée de Castille" à Madrid en France ", Revue de l'Art, 91, 1991, p. 36-38.
D. Thomson, " Les trois Livres d'architecture de Jacques Ier Androuet Du Cerceau, à Paris en 1559, 1561 et 1582 ", S. Deswarte-Rosa (éd.), Sebastiano Serlio à Lyon, Architecture et imprimerie Lyon, Mémoire Active, 2004, p. 449-450.
Pauwels Y. et la Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, CESR ARCHITECTURA Textes et architectures en France 1500-1650: http://architectura.cesr.univ-tours.fr. 2004.
Guillaume, J., P. Fuhring and V. Auclair [et al.] Jacques Androuet du Cerceau : 'un des plus grands architectes qui soient jamais trouvés en France' Paris. c. 2010, p. 315.

Categories

Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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