Jean de Chelles

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Statue of Jehan de Chelles, Parc du souvenir, Chelles (Seine-et-Marne)

Jean (or Jehan) de Chelles[1] (working 1258–1265) was a master mason and sculptor who was one of the architects at the Cathedral of Nôtre Dame de Paris. On the exterior wall of the south transept a stone plaque is signed Johanne Magistro and dated February 1257, documenting the initiation of alterations to the transept and its portal. At 1265 he was replaced in the works by Master Pierre de Montreuil.

Jean de Chelles is credited with the south end of the transept of Nôtre Dame de Paris, the portal of the cloister and its rose window, and the portail Saint Etienne.

He is supposed to have worked with Pierre de Montreuil on the Sainte Chapelle[2] and on the Cathedral of Saint Julien, Le Mans. A Jean de Chelles was working on the Palais du Louvre in 1265, under the direction of Raymond du Temple.[3]

The Pierre de Chelles, Maître de l'Œuvre de la cathédrale de Paris, who, with others, inspected the vaults and other work at Chartres cathedral in an official capacity, 9 September 1316, may have been a son or nephew, succeeding him at Nôtre Dame de Paris.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It is not clear which of the communes named Chelles was his birthplace.
  2. ^ Robert Branner, Saint Louis and the Court Style in Gothic Architecture (London: Zwemmer), 1965:56-84.
  3. ^ Russell Sturgis, A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive, (Macmillan) 1901, s.v. "Chelles, Jean de".
  4. ^ Sturgus 1901, s.v. "Chelles, Pierre de".