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date: 13 October 2019

Du Broeucq [Dubroeucq], Jacqueslocked

(b ?Mons, c. 1505; d Mons, Sept 30, 1584).
  • Lydie Hadermann-Misguich

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(b ?Mons, c. 1505; d Mons, Sept 30, 1584).

Flemish sculptor and architect. He is believed to have returned from a visit to Italy c. 1535 in order to draw up plans for the rood screen and stalls in the collegiate church of St Waudru in Mons, although the surviving design for the screen and the contract with the stone-cutter (1535) do not mention Du Broeucq’s name. He worked on the funerary monument of Bishop Eustache de Croy (d 1538; Saint-Omer, Notre-Dame); only the alabaster recumbent and praying figures of the deceased remain, but they suffice to indicate Du Broeucq’s nervous sensibility and his taste for tactile values and mobile forms. The lectern in front of the praying effigy bears his signature and reveals his lifelong attraction to the grotesque ornamentation of the Renaissance. The monument is similar to that of Louis de Brézé (d 1531), which was then being built in Rouen Cathedral, with designs attributed to Jean Goujon....

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