Sebastiano Serlio

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Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1554 CE) was an Italian Renaissance architect, painter, and scholar. His most successful building design is the classically-inspired Château d'Ancy-le-Franc in France. Serlio's lifetime of scholarship came together in his Seven Books on Architecture, a hugely influential theoretical and practical work. In it, Serlio categorised ancient classical buildings, canonised the five classical orders, pioneered the profuse use of illustrations in such books, and greatly influenced architects across Europe, especially regarding doorways and giving ideas that could easily be copied by any good stonemason.

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  • 1475 - 1554
    Life of the Italian Renaissance architect Sebastiano Serlio.
  • 1514
    The Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio becomes the assistant of Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi in Rome.
  • 1537 - 1551
    The Italian Renaissance architect Sebastiano Serlio writes what would become known as his Seven Books on Architecture.
  • 1544 - 1546
    The Italian Renaissance architect Sebastiano Serlio works on his design of the Château d’Ancy-le-Franc in France.