Louis Métezeau

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Court facade of the Hôtel d'Angoulême

Louis Métezeau (1560–1615) was a French architect.

He was born in Dreux, Eure-et-Loir. He is the son of Thibault Métezeau, the brother of Clément II Métezeau[1] and the nephew of Jean Métezeau. He was Premier Architecte du Roi of Henry IV of France.[2] He probably undertook the construction of the Grande Galerie du Louvre[3] and conceived the Place des Vosges in Paris.[1] His one documented structure is the Hôtel d'Angoulême (1584).[4]

Métezeau was probably involved in the building of the Palais du Luxembourg for Marie de Medicis: she is believed to have sent him to Florence in 1611 to make drawings of the Palazzo Pitti, which was to be used as a model by the regent's order.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "La place Ducale, coeur battant de Charleville". Les Échos'. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chapelle Saint-Louis, Prytanée militaire, La Flèche, France". Université du Québec. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Reprise des travaux". The Louvre. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Ballon, Hilary (1991). The Paris of Henri IV: Architecture and Urbanism, p. 43. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-02309-2.
  5. ^ The Architecture of the Renaissance by Leonardo Benevolo, p.706; The architecture of Paris by Andrew Ayers, p.130. Collins on the other hand says Salomon de Brosse, the main architect of the palace, sent Louis' brother, Clément Métezeau (Concrete by Peter Collins, Kenneth Frampton, Réjean Legault, p.166).