Pierre Lescot

Mary Norris


Pierre Lescot was an artist and architect born in Paris, France in 1515. Pierre cam from a fairly wealthy family whereas many artists come from a family of masons. There aren't many documents of Lescot's life, however he is believed to have spent most of his time in Paris. Although, because some of his works have Italian features, some people believe that he had traveled to Italy. Lescot is from a sufficiently prosperous family which allowed him to get an education in artistry, mathematics and architecture. Before Lescot began sketching and building his buildings he didn't have an extremely interesting life. As said in a poem by Pierre Ronsard, in his early years and youth he would always be in his room making drawings and paintings. He later would became more noticed for his architecture talent. Although Pierre was a talented drawer and painter he is more known for his architecture. Some of his most known pieces are the "Palais du Louvre" now more so known as "the Louvre Museum", he is also the architect of "The Henri II Staircase" and the "Fontaine des nymphes" (the Fountain of Nymphes). Pierre Lescot's patrons were King Francis I and Henry II. His first patron was King Francis I but when he died Henry II became his patron. Pierre Lescot's architecture very much exemplifies classicism.

His Work

This building is the "Palais du Louvre" (the Louvre Museum). This piece of architecture was built between 1546 and 1551. This building is located in Paris, France and is visited by millions of people. The significance of this piece is that it has Italian features (more specifically Roman), also it is symmetrical. If i had to describe this building using one word u would use the word perfection. When i look at the architecture i immediately think of the word even. The architecture of the building is completely symmetrical. The windows are perfectly lined up and if you cut the building straight down the middle everything would be equal. From the amount of windows to the amount or arches to the amount of statues to the exact same detail in the designed sculptures. The architecture of this building designed by Pierre Lescot is most closely linked to classicism. I know this because there are part of the building influenced by the past, for example the many arches, the big ones and the ones around the windows. Arches originally come from Rome and Roman architecture. Like stated above this building is completely symmetrical. There are the same amount of windows on each side and also the same amount of statues. If you cut the building in half all of the details getting cut in half would be symmetrical for example the big carving at the top of the middle big arch. Even the chimneys on top of the building would be symmetrical. Personally i find the architecture in this building interesting because of the symmetry. I am just amazed by how much math must have gone into the design to make every thing symmetrical. Read more about it! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lescot_Wing
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