château of Bury

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Château near Blois (Loir-et-Cher), France. Although ruined in the 17th century, this Renaissance château, built by Florimond Robertet, Secretary of Finance to Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I, still dominates the village of Bury. It was long considered to be one of the lesser architectural creations of 16th-century France, but this evaluation depended on an erroneously late dating of its construction and a misunderstanding of its original appearance. It has now been established that the building was begun in 1511 (possibly to the designs of Fra Giovanni Giocondo) and that it was nearly complete by January 1515; it can thus no longer be considered to be an imitation of the Francis I wing of the château of Blois. If Bury was built as it appears in the engravings of Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau I (see Du cerceau, (1)), it was in certain respects the precursor of the great châteaux of the Loire valley built between 1515 and 1525, such as Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau and Chambord.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.