BLONDEL, Jacques-François
(b. 1705, Rouen, d. 1774, Paris)

Elevation of the Louvre

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

The engraving shows the elevation of the south façade of the Louvre facing the river. It is Plate 11 from Blondel's Architecture françoise, Tome 4, Livre 6.

This south façade, which replaced Louis Le Vau's previous façade of 1660–1663, was probably initially designed by Le Vau (Charles Le Brun may have also played a role), but was completed by Claude Perrault with modifications to make it more consistent with the east façade.