A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837.
To coincide with the exhibition we have published a large format, finely illustrated book, A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837. It is available to purchase online at £20 , or for £15 at the Courtauld Gallery of Art for the duration of the exhibition.
In addition to the ‘Introduction’ by the authors, the book contains an essay entitled ‘Law, Order and the Beautiful’ by Nicholas Olsberg and ‘Case Studies’ by Basile Baudez. The essay explores the Enlightenment themes: A New Rome, Porta, Ratio, Lex, Sanitas, Spectaculum, Lexicon and Exemplum. The case studies examine the work of Louis Combes, Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, André Sainte-Marie Châtillon, Paul Piot, François-Joseph Bélanger, François-Joseph Bélanger and Louis-Pierre Baltard.