Baptiste Androuet (called du Cerceau)
architect; b. between 1544 and 1547; d. before March, 1602.
Baptiste is supposed to have been the son, probably the oldest, of Jacques (I) Androuet du Cerceau. A document of 1577 mentions him as "architecte à Charleval," where it is supposed that his father was then at work. After the death of Pierre Lescot in 1578, Baptiste succeeded him in the superintendence of the royal buildings in Paris, especially the Louvre. He probably continued the work on the southern side of the great quadrangle. In May, 1578, "un jeune du Cerceau architecte du Roi," probably Baptiste, began the construction of the Pont Neuf (Paris). In 1582, Baptiste succeeded Jean Bullant as architect of the chapel of the Valois at Saint-Denis, near Paris. For the King of Navarre, afterward Henri IV, he fortified the towns of Melun and Pontoise (France).
The most important member of a family of architects employed in the city of Troyes (Aube, France). In 1577 he replaced Gabriel Favreau as maître de l'œuvre (supervising architect) of the cathedral of Troyes.
Domenico Theotocopuli (Teoscopoli) (El Greco)
painter, sculptor, and architect; b. 1548 (in Greece, or perhaps in Venice) ; d. 1625.
A pupil of Titian in Venice, and in 1577 was in Spain painting altar pieces in the style of Titian. He designed the church of the Caridad and the city hall at Toledo, Spain, the church of the college of Doña Maria de Arragon at Madrid, the church of the Franciscan Monastery at Illescas, with the marble tombs of its founders which have been destroyed.