André Beauneveu (Beaunepveu)
sculptor, painter, and architect; d. before 1413.
Called Faiseur des Thombes, or tomb builder. A contemporary of Claux Sluter, and one of the greatest sculptors of the fourteenth century in France. He was formerly known only in a passage of Froissart's Chronicle describing painting and sculpture done by him about 1390 for the château of the Duc de Berry (b. 1340; d. 1416) at Mehun-sur-Yèvre. He is mentioned in the records as André de Valenciennes. October 24, 1364, he was attached to the court of the king, Charles V.
Beauneveu directed the construction of the tombs of the kings Philippe VI (d. 1350) and Jean II (d. 1364) and that of Charles V (d. 1380) himself, and his queen, Jeanne de Bourbon. These monuments have been destroyed, but much of the sculpture still remains at the church of S. Denis. It is remarkable for extreme realism and vigour of execution. The fine statue of Philippe VI at the Louvre is probably by Beauneveu.
Raymond du Temple
architect; d. about 1404.
He seems to have been employed on the old Louvre (Paris) as early as 1364. At that date he built a stairway on the south side of the north wing of that building. He made extensive additions to the palace in the reign of Charles V, which included the Tour de la Librairie, where the king's manuscripts were stored. Within the palace he built the Salles du roi et de la reine. In 1370 he appears as maître maçon of the cathedral of Paris, probably succeeding Jehan le Bouteillier; in 1370-1385 he built the chapel of the collège de Beauvais. He was employed, in 1387, on the royal palace on the Ile de la Cité (Paris). In 1401 he made a visit of inspection to the cathedral of Troyes (France). Du Temple is undoubtedly the author of the château and chapel of Vincennes, near Paris, which was built for Charles V about 1379.