Le Chateau d'Ancy le Franc
26 cm x 34.5 cm (10 1/4 in. x 13 9/16 in.)
(Paris, 1638 - 1695, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Ancy-le-Franc (constructed 1544-50) is a château in Burgundy commissioned by the French nobleman Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre from the Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio.
The print shows a perspectival view of the whole estate and the surrounding landscape. The central axis dividing the parterres and running through the château is a fundamental principle of the French formal garden. A road alongside cultivated fields and pasture leads across the bridge to a hamlet dominated by a spire in the distance.