As Befits a Legend: Building a Tomb for Napoleon, 1840-1861

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Kent State University Press, 1993 - Architecture - 251 pages
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One of the most important funerary monuments in Europe is the tomb of Napoleon, built in the Church of the Invalides in Paris between 1840 and 1861. As Befits a Legend is the first comprehensive examination of its construction process, historical context, and political and social meanings. It is also the only work published in English about this unique structure.
Michael Paul Driskel's study, based on extensive archival research in France, documents the problems inherent in building the appropriate monument for such a controversial figure and the public debate it generated. Following a detailed and illuminating account of the range of proposals put forward, Driskel concludes that the form of the structure represents a symbolic mediation of conflicting demands.
Louis-Tullis Visconti, a major Parisian architect who was officially commissioned for the project, is the subject of intensive scrutiny to determine the nature of his personal contribution to the design, as well as his relationship with the many sculptors involved in the collective construction process. Here Driskel offers a significant contribution to the sociology of architecture and to the question of what "authorship" means in an undertaking of this kind.
As Befits a Legend bridges the disciplines of history and art history and will appeal to historians of architecture, sculpture, society, and culture, as well as those readers fascinated with the history and legend of Napoleon. Nearly 100 photographs of 19th-century statuary, drawings, and lithographs complement the text.
 

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Contents

The Monument and Its Architect
1
Politics of Representation and Location
17
The Contest
76
Louis Auvray Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
101
Louis Auvray Maquette for a Tomb of Napoleon
102
Jules Bouchet Project fora Tomb of Napoleon
104
Felix Duban Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
105
Louis Petitot Project for a Monument to Napoleon
106
Henri Labrouste Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
120
Theodore Labrouste Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
121
Theodore Labrouste Statueof Napoleon for Tomb Project
122
Theodore Labrouste Floor Plan for Tomb Project
123
Louis Visconti Project for the Tomb of Napoleon
125
Longitudinal Section of the Invalides
127
The Process
129
J A D Ingres Sketch of a Tomb of Napoleon
135

Louis Moreau Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
107
Henri de Triqueti Model for a Tomb of Napoleon
108
Henri de Triqueti Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
109
Henri de Triqueti Project for a Basrelief Running around the Sarcophagus of the Tomb of Napoleon left half 1n 59 Henri de Triqueti Project for a Ba...
111
Achille Deveria and Hippolyte Maindron Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
112
Francois Thiollet Floor Plan for a Tomb of Napoleon at the Invalides
114
Edmond Leveque and Louis Buhot Project for a Monument to Napoleon
115
Hector Horeau Project for a Tomb of Napoleon
117
Antoine Rivoulon Project for a Monument to Napoleon
118
Antoine Etex Project for a Tomb of Napoleon for the Contest of 1841
119
Honore Daumier Future Monument of Napoleon at the Invalides
139
Louis Visconti Longitudinal Section for the Tomb of Napoleon
140
Louis Visconti Elevation of the Entry to the crypt the Dome of the Invalides
142
Charles Marochetti Project for the Equestrian Statue of Napoleon
143
Authorship Meaning and Method
180
Appendixes
206
Notes
220
Selected Bibliography
244
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