Philibert de l'Orme
Philibert de l'Orme, also given as De l'Orme, de L'Orme, or Delorme (pronounced: [filibɛːʁ dəlɔʁm]) (c. 1514 – January 8, 1570) was a French architect, one of the great masters of the French Renaissance.
He was born in Lyon, the son of Jehan de l'Orme, or Jean de L'Orme, a master mason. At an early age Philibert was sent to Italy to study (1533–1536) and was employed there by Pope Paul III. Returning to France he was patronized by Cardinal du Bellay at Lyon, and was sent by him about 1540 to Paris, where he began the Chateau de St Maur-des-Fossés, and enjoyed royal favour; in 1545 he was made architect to Francis I of France and given the charge of works in Brittany.
In 1548 Henry II gave him the supervision of Fontainebleau, Saint-Germain-en-Laye—where he built the Château Neuf (illustration, left) — and the other royal buildings; but on the King's death (1559) Philibert fell into disgrace. Under Charles IX, however, he returned to favour, and was employed to construct the Tuileries, in collaboration with Jean Bullant. He died in Paris.
Much of his work has disappeared, but his fame remains. An ardent humanist and student of the antique, he yet vindicated resolutely the French tradition in opposition to Italian tendencies; he was a man of independent mind and a vigorous originality. His masterpiece was the Château d'Anet (1552–1559), built for Diane de Poitiers, the plans of which are preserved in Jacques Androuet du Cerceau's Plus excellens bastimens de France, though part of the building alone remains; and his designs for the Tuileries (also given by Androuet du Cerceau), begun by Catherine de' Medici in 1565, were magnificent. His work is also seen at Chenonceau and other famous châteaux; and his tomb of Francis I at Saint Denis Basilica remains a perfect specimen of his art. He wrote two books on architecture: Nouvelles inventions pour bien bastir et à petits frais (1561) and Le premier tome de l'Architecture (1567).
See also 
- Catherine de' Medici's building projects
- Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, influenced by Philibert Delorme
- Philippe Potié, Philibert de L'Orme Philibert de l'Orme: Figures de la pensée constructive 1996- Page 23 "Il semble probable que cette stratégie d'ascension sociale ait été préparée de longue date par Jean de L'Orme qui savait que seule la hiérarchie ecclésiastique permettrait à un fils de maître-maçon d'espérer conquérir un statut plus enviable."
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "De L'Orme, Philibert". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Catholic Encyclopedia article
- (French) Philibert de l'Orme
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- English translation of de l'Orme's Le premier tome de l'architecture
- French Renaissance architectural treatises, Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance
- Palladio's Literary Predecessors