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Philibert Delorme
French, ca. 1510–1570
The Chapel of the Château of Anet, in Architecture, Paris, 1626
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


Delorme was one of the great masters of Renaissance architecture. In 1548, Henry II gave him the supervision of Fontainebleau and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, where he built the Château Neuf; in 1552 he commissioned him the Château of Anet; under Charles IX (to whom this volume is dedicated), Delorme was employed to construct the Tuileries in Paris, in collaboration with Jean Bullant. He also designed houses for rich merchants in his hometown, Lyon. Much of his work has disappeared, but his fame remains thanks to the magnificent illustrations contained in his treatises: here, a layout of the partly ruined chapel of Anet, designed c. 1555 for Diane de Poitiers as manifested by her symbol, the moon crescent. This is a variation on the circular/hemispheric form, used for the first time in France, with coffering in the dome shaped like bent lozenges.