Conference: The culture of architecture through the visual arts in nineteenth-century France

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A bilingual one-day conference of the culture of architecture in 19th-century visual arts.

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Presentation and Programme in French

Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Auditorium, level -2

Free admission, subject to availability, upon prior registration.

Simultaneous translation from French->English, English->French

Before the 1970s, the architecture of the nineteenth century was largely neglected. Since then, many studies have shed light upon this subject through biographical, institutional, stylistic or typological approaches.

Today the question of the “culture” of architecture allows us to reconsider the architecture of the nineteenth century: how could the visual culture of the architect of the nineteenth century influence his architectural designs? Conversely, in what way have architectural representations allowed a large public to apprehend the buildings of the past and the present?

The study of the architectural image and its means of diffusion makes it possible to follow the autonomous modes of circulation of the architectural culture: the presence of architecture at the Universal Expositions, the diffusion of architectural drawings in magazines, the public debates around the polychromy, are all subjects that allow a new vision of this discipline.


10h – 10h15: Introduction by Caroline van Eck, University of Leiden / University of Cambridge and Sylvie Patry, Musée d’Orsay.

10:15 – 10:40: Keynote by Richard Wittman, University of California, Santa Barbara – “The Album and the “Magasin Pittoresque”: France with respect to Italy. ”

Session I – Architecture and Visual Arts: Exchange, Transition and Transformation through the Arts and the Media, chaired by Peter Miller, Bard Graduate Center, New York.

10:40 – 11:00 am: Delphine Burlot, University Paris I – Sorbonne “Monumental painting with encaustic: return to the antique and dream of progress”.

11:00 – 11:20: Mari Lending, Oslo School of Architecture and Design – “Rome in Paris, Paris in Pittsburgh. Circulating plaster monuments. ”

11:20 – 11:40: Christopher Drew Armstrong, University of Pittsburgh – “The Haussmanization of the English Press”

11.40 – 12.00: Peter Miller’s answer and questions from the audience.

Session II – The architecture of the 19th century and the constructions of the past: drawings, interior decoration and novels, chaired by Jean-Philippe Garric, University Paris I – Sorbonne.

14h00 – 14h20: Alice Thomine-Berrada, Musée d’Orsay – “Representations and interpretations of ancient architecture at the Salon and at the World Exhibitions. ”

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm: Caroline van Eck, University of Leiden / University of Cambridge – “Dressing up the interior spaces: the role of the visual arts in the recreation of an ancient Rome at the Pompeian House”.

14h40 – 15h10: Questions and break.

15:10 – 15:30: Maarten Delbeke, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich – “Victor Hugo and the Baroque: life or death of architecture”.

15:30 – 15:50: Maude Bass-Krueger, University of Leiden – “Garnier Opera Garnier: Clothes and decoration: Experience the Past Through Fashion and Architecture. ”

15:50 – 17:00: Questions and conclusion by Caroline van Eck, University of Leiden / University of Cambridge.

Symposium sponsored by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) as part of the project Printing the Past: Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe (PriArc).


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