François Blondel

1618 - 1686

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François Blondel (c. 10 June 1618 – 21 January 1686) was a soldier, engineer of fortifications, mathematician, diplomat, military and civil engineer and architect, called "the Great Blondel", to distinguish him in a dynasty of French architects. He is remembered for his Cours d'architecture which remained a central text for over a century. His precepts placed him in opposition with Claude Perrault in the larger culture war known under the heading Querelle des anciens et des modernes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of François Blondel has received more than 26,523 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). François Blondel is the 184th most popular architect (down from 170th in 2019), the 1,989th most popular biography from France (down from 1,748th in 2019) and the 26th most popular French Architect.

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Among architects, François Blondel ranks 184 out of 424. Before him are Henri Labrouste, Hans Poelzig, Mart Stam, Mikhail Eisenstein, Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, and William Le Baron Jenney. After him are Kevin Roche, Nefermaat, Jean Prouvé, Michael Ventris, Giuseppe Terragni, and Carl Ludvig Engel.

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Among people born in 1618, François Blondel ranks 5Before him are Aurangzeb, Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Elisabeth of the Palatinate, and Hishikawa Moronobu. After him are François Pierre La Varenne, Jan Dirksz Both, Juraj Križanić, Peter Lely, Michiel Sweerts, Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, and Vittoria Farnese. Among people deceased in 1686, François Blondel ranks 7Before him are Otto von Guericke, Louis, Grand Condé, Nicolas Steno, Eleonora Gonzaga, Carlo Dolci, and Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie. After him are Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel, John George I, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, Pietro Mengoli, and John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

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In France

Among people born in France, François Blondel ranks 1,989 out of 5,234. Before him are Philippe Quinault (1635), Maurice Sarrail (1856), Maurice de Broglie (1875), Jean Bruller (1902), Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac (1597), and Jean Behra (1921). After him are Omar Sy (1978), Étienne Méhul (1763), Marguerite Long (1874), François-Édouard Picot (1786), William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (935), and John V, Duke of Brittany (1389).

Among ARCHITECTS In France

Among architects born in France, François Blondel ranks 26Before him are Tony Garnier (1869), Charlotte Perriand (1903), Paul Abadie (1812), Jacques-François Blondel (1705), Jean Chalgrin (1739), and Henri Labrouste (1801). After him are Jean Prouvé (1901), Paul Andreu (1938), Quatremère de Quincy (1755), Robert de Cotte (1656), Charles Percier (1764), and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (1762).