ARCHITECT, French
(active 1530s in the Loire Valley)

Exterior view

1532
Photo
Château, Villandry (Indre-et-Loire)

The Château of Villandry is the last of the great châteaux of the Loire built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley. The sober elegance of its architecture combined with its outstanding gardens make this an excellent ensemble.

The tendency towards a more classical style noticeable in the works of Gilles Le Breton was the beginning of a movement which gathered strength during the 1530s. In various parts of France we find chateaux and town houses in which simplicity of form and decoration is accompanied by a stricter use of the classical Orders. In the Loire Valley the château of Villandry has affinities with Le Breton's manner, though still shows traces of the earlier style in the use of fretted dormers.




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