Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1980. Softcover. Beige and illus. wraps, 217 pp. of text with 41 BW plate pages following. VG. Item #152795
"Despite the importance of the French academic tradition in architecture, its historical and artistic development has never been studied in detail. Here Donald Drew Egbert examines this development as it is reflected in the competition for the Grand Prix de Rome, held since the seventeenth century under the aegis of the Academie des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Tracing the history of the competition as well as that of the Akademie and the Ecole, the author defines the academic principles and methods of design as they apply to architecture and explores the reflection of this philosophy in the subjects chosen for the competition as well as in the rules of composition and graphic techniques. He then relates these academic developments to social developments in France and their culmination in the student revolt of 1968 that brought the competition to an end." (back cover).
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