French family of architects. The family came originally from Dreux, Eure-et-Loir. Clément Métezeau I (d c. 1545) was in charge of construction work on the church of St Pierre and the Belfry in Dreux, during the reign of Francis I. His elder son, Jean Métezeau (d April 1600), continued the construction of St Pierre (the Saint-Vincent tower and the south transept). His younger son, Thibaut Métezeau (b Dreux, 21 Oct 1533; d Paris, before 18 Dec 1586), collaborated with the family before establishing himself in 1569 in Paris, where he worked on the construction of the Tuileries under the direction of Philibert de L’Orme, on the funerary chapel of the Valois family at St Denis (1572–82) and on the Pont Neuf (1578). As architect to the Duc d’Alençon and to Henry III he built the triumphal arch of the Porte Saint-Antoine. He was the father of the architects (1) Louis Métezeau and Clément Métezeau II (b Dreux, 6 Feb 1581; d Paris, 28 Nov 1652).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.