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|Location||Chenonceaux, France map|
|Date||1515 to 1576 + timeline|
|Building Type||chateau - very large house|
|Construction System||bearing masonry|
|Context||rural, on river|
|Notes||Arched bridge by Philibert de l'Orme, gallery over by Jean Bullant.|
|Discussion||Chateau de Chenonceaux Commentary
"The Chateau of Chenonceaux was begun in 1515 for Thomas Bohier, who built the right-hand block. The architect's name is not known, but he was certainly French, although the decorative detail is Italian."
John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. p158.
"The first part of the Chateau de Chenonceaux was the simple rectangular four-towered block with steeply pitched roof standing on piles in the River Cher. An Italianate straight staircase with landings opens off the long central corridor that bisects the building. The five-arched bridge was added by Philibert de l'Orme (q.v.) for Diane de Poitiers (1556-9); the gallery above, with its 'mannerist' windows, is due to Jean Bullant (q.v.) (1576).
Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p924.
Sources on Chateau de Chenonceaux
Jean Pierre Babelon. Le Chateau en France / sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Babelon. Paris : Berger-Levrault, Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites, 1988. exterior photo from water, p218. exterior photo from water, p182.
Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p924. The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com
Peter Murray. Architecture of the Renaissance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. ISBN 8109-1000-4. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. site plan drawing, fig477, p321.
John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of The World. New York: Random House, 1975. ISBN 0-394-49887-9. NA200.G76. discussion, p158. exterior photo, p158. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com
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