Philibert de l'Orme

By Brooke Sicco

Biography

Philibert de l'Orme was born in Lyons, France in 1510 and died in 1570. He was the son of a master mason. Philibert's dad must have influenced him to become an architect because he always saw his dad building buildings. In 1533 he went to rome. He went there to study and excavate roman buildings, which later on became influential to him. He represents secularism to me because he did a lot of grand buildings for people and not Gods. He also represented humanism because he did things in perfect form and realistic size. He was part of a humanist circle of people which lead him to meet Cardinal Jean du Bellay. Who he later on created a château for in France. Some say that the château was reminiscent of Giulio Romano's Palazzo del Tè in Mantua (Italy). This could be because he saw it when he was traveling through Italy to Rome. He was the appointed the superintendit of building by Henry II in 1547. Then he worked for Diane de Poitiers where he designed a château at Anet. Then he did the bridge for the Château Chenonceaux. He also worked for Catherine de Médici where he did one of his last large pieces of work. He worked on the Palais Des Tuileries in Paris. However most of his works have been destroyed and are only known because of engravings.

Palais Des Tuileries

Below are pictures of the Palais Des Tuileries. Catherine de Médici recalled him to do one of his last major works on the Palace de Tuileries. It was built and worked on from 1564-1570. In 1871 it was burned and then demolished in 1883. The Palais Des Tuileries rebuilt and is now the palace that surrounds the Louvre. The significance of this piece was it was one of his last pieces he did before he died and involves so much French History. It also demonstrates humanism because the statues on the outside of the building represent people in perfect form and realistic size. I found this piece interesting because it was so grand so amazing for the time period. I also found it interesting that one of the Médicis was involved because we learned about the Médicis.


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Bibliography

Anet: Chateau: Ext.: Entrance Gate. N.d. Photograph. ARTstor Slide Gallery, Anet.


Heliocoidal Staircase, in Perspective. N.d. Photograph. Réunion Des Musées Nationaux (RMN), Musée Du Louvre.


Château De Chenonceau. N.d. Photograph. Wayne Andrews: Architecture (Esto), Chenonceaux.


Louvre. Palais Des Tuileries. N.d. Photograph. Clarence Ward Archive (National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections), Paris.


Louvre. Palais Des Tuileries Exterior Statue. N.d. Photograph. Clarence Ward Archive (National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections), Paris.


Louvre. Palais Des Tuileries Exterior, View. N.d. Photograph. Clarence Ward Archive (National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections), Paris.


"Philibert de l'Orme." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998.Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.


"Philibert Delorme (French Architect)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.