Monday, December 9, 2013

Francois Mansart

Francois Mansart (1598-1666) was a French architect.  He is known for introducing France to classicism in Baroque architecture.  The mansard roof was named after him because he typically used a four-sided, double slope gambrel roof with windows on the steeper lower slope.  This roof was able to create additional habitable space. Mansart was originally not trained to be an architect, he grew up being trained as a stonemason and as a sculptor.  He learned all of his architecture skills in Salomon de Brosse's studio.

Francois Mansart

The best preserved example of his work:

Chateau de Maisons

Click here for a video about the Chateau de Maisons

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