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The Squinch Of Anet

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In the 16th century Philibert de l’Orme was the first architect in France who occupied himself not only with building objects, but also with explaining his difficult work in detail, providing background information on stone masonry, stereotomy and a great deal of geometrical knowledge. For an exact construction of a squinch one needs at least four different drawings. The first is a ground plan or horizontal projection that shows the shape of the oriel above the squinch. The second shows the heights of the panneaux de tête from the ground plan to the real contour line. The third shows the breadth of the panneaux de tête. The fourth shows the lengths of the panneaux de douelle. All drawings taken together represent the whole vault of the squinch.

Keywords: panneaux de tête; Philibert de l’Orme; squinch; stereotomy



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