Designs for monumental doors and entrances, by a Florentine at the court of Marie de’ Medici
Livre d’architecture contenant plusieurs portiques de differentes inventions, sur les cinq ordres de colomnes
Paris, Melchior Tavernier, 1631
First issue of a series of forty designs for monumental doorways and entrances in a Mannerist style, by a Florentine who had been invited to the French court about 1598 to create grottoes and fountains in the grounds of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and later in Marie de Médicis’ garden of the Luxembourg. Of all the Orders, Alessandro Francini found the massive Doric most suited to these kinds of monuments, and he uses its form and proportions in nineteen designs, while six designs develop the Tuscan column, six the Ionic, five the Corinthian, and three feature the Composite Order.