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Jacques Lemercier’s Scenografia of Montjeu: Architectural Prints, Cartography, and Landscape in 1620

  • Anthony GerbinoEmail author
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Part of the Trends in the History of Science book series (TRENDSHISTORYSCIENCE)

Abstract

The Archives Nationales holds an extraordinary drawing from the early seventeenth century: a bird’s-eye view of the château and gardens of Montjeu by the architect Jacques Lemercier. The drawing is remarkable partly because of its minute precision and rigorous use of perspective. The complex topography of the site—particularly its shifting elevation with respect to the château—is presented with remarkable economy. Lemercier’s view is also extraordinary for another reason: it is one of the earliest working drawings we have of any French garden. It even stands out among contemporary prints of aristocratic landscapes, very few of which depict the château and its surroundings at such a large scale and as an integrated ensemble. The image sheds light not only on the formal evolution of the French garden, but also on the way that novel drawing conventions may have driven that evolution. As a project drawing, the Montjeu scenografia provides valuable information about how such sites were designed, as well as the technical and mathematical capabilities they required.

Keywords

Central Axis Seventeenth Century Central View Architectural Representation Architectural Drawing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Art History and Visual StudiesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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