Pierre Lescot


By: Sarah Lapinsky


Pierre Lescot was born in Paris, France during 1515. He continued to spend most of his life in France, but went on a mission to Rome during 1556. Lescot had a fairly wealthy family that was able to give him an education in the liberal arts. He studied mathematics and architecture. Lescot was a skilled painter and studied painting at the Fontainebleau. He was known for being a decorator and theorist. Pierre Lescot was the king's overseer and he worked with, Francis I, Henry II, Francis II, Charles IX, and Henri III. He also was the director of buildings. Three of his most famous works are the Fontaine des Innocents (1547-1549), the Petit-Pont (1551), and the Carnavalet (1545-1550). Pierre Lescot's patron was the sculptor and architect Jean Groujon. Lescot and Groujon worked together often. Pierre Lescot often used Classicism in his works, which included many medieval French and medieval Roman concepts. He also uses Idealism by incorporating simplicity and clarity in his works.
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The Fontaine des Innocents; located in Paris, France.
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The Petit-Pont; located in Paris, France.
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The Carnavalet, located in Paris, France.
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The Cour Carrée and the Louvre

The Cour Carrée, or the square court, is located in Paris, France. It was created from 1546-1551. In the southern section of the Cour Carrée, Lescot used classical techniques that were completely new to France during that particular time period. The Louvre had symmetry and a pitched roof which gave it a medieval French fortress look.

The Cour Carrée looks as though it was made from different types of stone. It is very big and makes the exterior of the Louvre look sophisticated and extravagant. The Louvre itself is very symmetrical. The statues built on the Louvre, as well as the intricate designs, give the Louvre an artistic touch. Classism is the ism that most represents this piece of work. Pierre Lescot used many classical Roman ideas to design the The Cour Carrée. The arrangement of windows and doors also had a classical aspect. The Louvre today contains some of the most amazing artwork from that time period. People all over the world come to see the Louvre in Paris. The statues and designs built into the Louvre are very detailed and interesting to look at.

Works Cited

Malcuit, C. PARIS La Fontaine des Innocents 1173. cardstock Paris France

"Pierre Lescot." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.

"Pierre Lescot." International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture. Gale, 1993. Biography in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.

Pierrre Lescot the Carnavalet 1550. Paris France

Pierre Lescot The Cour Carrée 1551. Paris France

Pierre Lescot The Petit-Pont 1551. Paris France