Hugues Cuvelier

(fl. 1489—1502)

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(fl 1489/90–1502). French architect. He was the lieutenant of Martin Chambiges (see Chambiges, (1)) in the construction work on the transept arms of Sens Cathedral, and he was presumably the compagnon mentioned in the fabric account for 1489–90, when Chambiges came from Paris to Sens to draw up the plan. He worked with Chambiges on the new south transept arm until 1494 when Chambiges left Sens; Cuvelier continued the work, installing the vaults in 1497 and the window tracery in 1499–1500. By September 1500 the masons had transferred their attention to the north transept, which was constructed in the first two decades of the 16th century. Whereas Chambiges devised the plans and supervised the work as Maistre de l’Entreprise et Conducteur de la Croisée, maintaining control through periodic visits (1497, 1498, 1502 and 1506), Cuvelier worked on the site as the Maître de l’Oeuvre de la Croisée, completing complex tasks of stonecutting, including the elaborate tabernacles for the north transept portal. The relationship between the two masters is documented in the accounts of the visit that Cuvelier made with Chambiges to Troyes in 1502, where the latter was beginning work on the west front. Cuvelier is here designated as the assistant of Martin Chambiges. Thus it is impossible to separate Cuvelier's artistic identity from that of his master.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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