|Jacques-Ange Gabriel, Chateau Fontainebleau. France, 1754. Hartill Art Associates Inc.|
He spent many years studying French architects and surprisingly enough, never set foot in Italy! His father was an architect and engineer so he had good training and talent to fill the post at court.
Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Portrait
of Jacques Gabriel (1698-1782),
French architect. Oil on linen,
mid-18th century. Louvre Museum
Gabriel even did work for Madame de Pompadour, his is the responsible architect for her very famous Petit Trianon. Sadly, she did not live to see the project realized, but it was gifted later to Marie Antoinette who truly enjoyed the lovely building.
|Jacques-Ange Gabriel, Château de Versailles, Petit Trianon. View of exterior facade, France, 1751-1768. Harris, Dianne Suzette.|