Architectural Drawing

Date: 1450–1500

Culture: French

Medium: Pen and brown ink over black chalk on vellum

Dimensions: Overall: 17 9/16 x 11 3/4 in. (44.6 x 29.8 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1968

Accession Number: 68.49


Perfectly proportioned, finely detailed, and executed with ease, everything about this drawing suggests a confident and experienced draftsman intimately familiar with the architectural vocabulary and design methods of the most sophisticated urban workshops of late fifteenth-century northern France. Though there is no evidence that the drawing served as a model for any existing building, it is similar to the west facade of the parish church of Saint-Maclou in Rouen designed in the 1430s and built in the 1480s.