Chateau of Ancy-le-Franc


Sebastiano Serlio, 1475–1554

Tonnerre, Burgundy, France; 1546

The Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio wrote a series of books about architecture, authoritatively explaining how to deploy the classical orders. The earliest illustrated books about architecture to be printed, they were credited with introducing the Renaissance style to northern Europe.

François I brought Serlio to France and employed him at Fontainebleau, where the king had established his principal palace. It is a fine building, but it has been extended and adapted over several centuries, so Serlio’s vision for architecture is seen more clearly in a smaller ...

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