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date: 22 October 2019

Du Cerceau, Jacques real name Androuetlocked

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French, 16th century, male.

Born 1510, probably in Paris; died after 1584, in Annecy or in Geneva.

Draughtsman, engraver. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, architectural views, interiors. Ornaments.

Fontainebleau School (related to).

Du Cerceau's parents' surname was Androuet; the name Du Cerceau came from a distinctive ring that hung from the top of their house in Orléans, and was added to his surname by Jacques Androuet himself. He spent most of his life in Orléans, where he lived in the family home. Many of his works are dated. Certain biographers maintain that he studied under Étienne Delaulne, but the similarity between his work and the work of Léonard Thiry implies that he trained at Thiry's school. He visited Italy with George d'Armagnac, Francis I's ambassador to the Venetian Republic. On his return, in 1546 or 1547, he won sponsors in the royal family and in the nobility. He is believed to have retired to Switzerland and the Savoie region of France. A Protestant, he suffered persecution, and requested leave from the King....

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