Charles Percier Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions Jean-Philippe Garric, Thierry Sarmant, Vincent Cochet, Letizia Tedeschi, Pascal Liévaux, Vincent Droguet, Iris Moon, Jean-François Bédard, Jean-François Belhoste, Anne Dion-Tenenbaum, Charlotte Duvette, Christophe Beyeler

Publication date:
01 Dec 2016
Yale University Press
304 pages: 286 x 241mm
228 color + 20 b-w illus.
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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 Opéra 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. 

Jean-Philippe Garric is professor of architecture at the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne.

Winner of the 2017 Alice Award from Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.