Sebastiano Serlio Architect, Artist, and Author

Life of Serlio

Sebastiano Serlio was born Sept. 6th, 1475, in Bologna, Italy. His father trained him as an artist, and In 1514, he moved to Rome to study architecture under the patron of Baldassarre Peruzzi. In 1527 he moved to Venice where he used his architectural training. Later, he was patronized by King Francis I, where he built his two most famous pieces of Architecture, a doorway at Fontainebleau and the chateau of Ancy-le-Franc. He is most famous for his many books about Architecture, which were the first to include illustrations of the design. One of his famous books, the Tutte l’opere d’architettura et prospetiva (Complete Works on Architecture and Perspective) was influential to the design that later architects used. He introduced new ideas, such as instructions for how to build on a slope, and practical aspects of design. In his design, he used classicism and naturalism, classicism relating back to all of his designs from Rome such as the arch, naturalism being used in all of the textures and tones of the architecture. His works are described as using mannerism, which is similar to a combination of classicism and naturalism. He died in Fontainebleau, France in 1554.


Chateau at Ancy-le-Franc.

This photo is of the Chateau at Ancy-le-Franc, built in 1546. It is located near Paris, France. This piece used architecture from the Gothic and French styles. It brought back Roman Architecture in the arches. The Ancy-le-Franc represents classicism with the designs used in it from Rome. Also, the design is mostly simple, a classical characteristic because of the clean lines used in it. It is symmetrical and equal in its design. I thought that it was interesting how he combined French and Classical design to build something that looks unique and interesting. I also thought that the building looked complex with the many levels. It is impressive that it is still a place where people can visit today. You can learn more about the design at

Works Cited

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Created with images by Renaud Camus - "Le Jour ni l'Heure 2148 : Le Voyage en Italie — villa Trissino, c. 1540, à Cricoli, près de Vicence, Vénétie, jadis attribué à tort à Andrea Palladio, mercredi 17 août 2011, 13:35:20"

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