Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions

Author(s) : GARRIC Jean-Philippe (Ed.)
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Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions

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“Handsomely designed and richly illustrated, this publication surveys the magnificent spectrum of projects undertaken by French architect and interior designer Charles Percier (1764-1838). After gaining an illustrious reputation for supervising the scenery at the Paris Opera during the French Revolution, Percier was later appointed by Napoleon Bonaparte. With the Emperor’s support, he developed the opulent versions of neoclassicism closely associated with the Napoleonic era, and now known as Directoire style and Empire style. Percier worked on the renovation or redecoration of many of France’s royal palaces, including the Louvre, the Tuileries, and the chateaux of Malmaison, Saint-Cloud, and Fontainebleau. The full scope and variety of Percier’s design projects are revealed in this book, which also includes archival material detailing Percier’s relationships with patrons and peers”.

This is the catalogue published by Yale University Press in collaboration with Bard Graduate Center Gallery and the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais, Paris on the occasion of the exhibition “Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions“. It is edited by (and with contributions from) Jean-Philippe Garric, professor of architecture at the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, and includes essays by leading scholars of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture, design, and decorative arts, among them JeanFrançois Bédard,  ean-François Belhoste, Christophe Beyeler, Vincent Cochet, Anne Dion-Tenenbaum, Vincent Droguet, Iris Moon, Thierry Sarmant, and Letizia Tedeschi.

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