Jean Martin

(d. 1553)

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(d 1553). French writer, translator and diplomat. He was secretary, first to Massimiliano Sforza, Duke of Milan, and then in 1530 to Robert, Cardinal de Lenoncourt. He was renowned as a popularizer in France of Italian Renaissance architecture. To disseminate this new style he translated, into French, the Italian and Latin treatises of Sebastiano Serlio (Books I and II, 1545), Vitruvius (1547) and Alberti (1553) and such works as Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1546). Martin rendered into French the Latin funerary oration for Francis I and collaborated with jean Goujon and Jean Cousin I on organizing the decorations for the triumphal entry of Henry II into Paris (1549). It is not certain whether he ever visited Italy. He is known to have frequented humanist circles, where his friends included Serlio, who supervised the translations of his works. As a writer Martin was admired by his contemporaries, among them Joachim Du Bellay, and by Ronsard, who wrote a Pindaric ode in his honour and also an epitaph, which appeared posthumously in Martin's edition of Alberti's work on architecture.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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