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This book is the first study to examine a unique urban phenomenon that is closely associated with French monarchy in the age of absolutism. Featuring a free-standing statue of the monarch at its center, the place royale was framed by buildings of uniform, monumental design such as found in the Place Vendôme. In this study, Richard Cleary examines the places royales in terms of the political mechanisms and design processes through which they were conceived, their intended meanings for contemporaries, and their relationship to the urban fabrics of which they are a part.Read more
- Was the first book to deal with this influential element in European urban design
- Projects are extensively documented with archival drawings and contemporary engravings
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- Date Published: July 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521369985
- length: 330 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Patrons and politics
2. Design management and funding
3. The sculpture
4. The architectural setting
5. The Place Royale and the city
6. Visions of the new Rome.
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