Napoleon's Architects: Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
5:00 - 6:00PM PST8:00 - 9:00PM EST
Online via Zoom
$20 General Public
Please join us for a lecture with Barry Bergdoll on the renowned work of “Napoleon’s architects,” Charles Percier (1764-1838) and Pierre Fontaine (1762-1853). Percier and Fontaine were not only the Emperor’s official government architects, but two of the most celebrated teachers at the legendary Ecole des Beaux-Arts, responsible for developing the highly influential neoclassical Empire, or Directoire, style of design.
Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. A specialist in the history of modern architecture, he curated numerous exhibitions at MoMA, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Musée d’Orsay, and other venues, including Mies In Berlin (2001), Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (2009-2010), Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 (2015) and Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive (2017). He is the author of the introduction to the recent Princeton Architectural Books publication of the works of Percier & and Fontaine and the author or editor of numerous books including European Architecture 1750-1890 (2000).