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François de Cuvilliès

Cuvilliès, François de (fräNswäˈ də küvēyĕsˈ) [key], 1695–1768, French architect, decorator, and engraver. He introduced into Germany the rococo style of decoration then popular in France. He became architect to Charles Albert, elector of Bavaria, and, when the latter became Emperor Charles VII (1742), was appointed architect to the imperial court. His two foremost works, both at Munich, were the Residenz-Theater (1751–53) and the pavilion called the Amalienburg, in the park of Nymphenburg. The brilliant interiors of the pavilion represent the highest achievements of German rococo decoration.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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