Henry IV style

The Henry IV style was the predominant architectural idiom in France under the patronage of Henry IV (15891610). The modernisation of Paris was a major concern of Henry's, and the Place des Vosges is the greatest monument to his architectural style and urban planning. Among Henry's other works are the Pont Neuf, the Place Dauphine, and some renovations at the Château de Fontainebleau. Though the second school of Fontainebleau was active in painting at the time, it is not generally considered part of the "Henry IV style". The style may be characterised by the Britannica's statement that Henry was a man of "the grand concept who did not lose himself in detail".


  • Henry IV style (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
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