Pierre Lescot- Virtual Museum

By: Katie Lutz

Pierre Lescot

  • Pierre Lescot was born in France (most likely Paris) in 1515- Spent life in Paris.
  • Lescot was born to a wealthy noble family and was given a good education and received math and architecture training at age 20.
  • Lescot was said to have been gifted in painting but is remembered for his architecture
  • Lescot's patron Patron was Francis I.
  • Some of his most famous works include the Cour Carrée, Hôtel de Ligneris and L'Auxerrios.

The Cour Carrée (Square Court)

  • Lescot creatively named The Cour Carrée (Square Court in French).
  • The Piece was created over a span of 30 years, he died 7 years before completion of the project (1546-1578).
  • The The Cour Carrée is part of the Louvre, so you can view when you visit the Louvre.
  • Lescot Is well known for abolishing the gothic style of architecture in at this time and this piece was vital in the rebirth of a more classical style.
  • I find this piece very interesting because even though the piece reflects a more simple style the details are still very ornate. Also the carving of the wall itself is incredible, that wall is huge and the carving is amazing. I also love how many windows the wall has, most of the windows have arches over them and I think they are beautiful.
  • I think the wall most accurately pertains to classicism, because of all of the columns and arches. The architecture is Roman like and very simple.

Palais du Louvre, Cour Carrée, façade, distant view.Pierre Lescot (1510-1571).1546-1578. ARTstor [online]. New York: New York. [cited 3 Deceberber 2015]. Available from World Wide Web:(http://www.artstor.org).

Palais du Louvre, Cour Carrée, façade elevation, detail.Pierre Lescot (1510-1571).1546-1578. ARTstor [online]. New York: New York. [cited 3 Deceberber 2015]. Available from World Wide Web:(http://www.artstor.org).

Palais du Louvre, Cour Carrée, façade, detail, left side. Pierre Lescot (1510-1571).1546-1578. ARTstor [online]. New York: New York. [cited 3 Deceberber 2015]. Available from World Wide Web:(http://www.artstor.org).

"Pierre Lescot." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

"Pierre Lescot." International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture. Gale, 1993. Biography in Context. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.