The Architecture of the French Enlightenment

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University of California Press, 1989 - Art - 288 pages
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Allan Braham's comprehensive treatment of this brilliant and complex period introduces the reader to the major buildings, architects, and architectural patrons of the day. At the same time, it explores the broader determinants of architectural production: the rapid economic expansion of Paris and the main provincial centers and the increasing demand for improved public amenities--theaters, schools, markets, and hospitals. This generously illustrated book provides a vivid commentary on society and manners in pre-Revolutionary France.

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This book really gives a good incite to the movements and thoughts of Architecture in the enlightenment period. It's well written, referenced as well as documented in terms of plans and elevations as well as details.

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Allan Braham is Keeper and Deputy of the National Gallery, London.

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