Julien-David Leroy and the Making of Architectural History
Routledge – 2012 – 300 pages
This book examines the career and publications of the French architect Julien-David Leroy (1724–1803) and his impact on architectural theory and pedagogy.
Despite not leaving any built work, Leroy is a major international figure of eighteenth-century architectural theory and culture. Considering the place that Leroy occupied in various intellectual circles of the Enlightenment and Revolutionary period, this book examines the sources for his ideas about architectural history and theory and defines his impact on subsequent architectural thought. This book will be of key interest to graduate students and scholars of Enlightenment-era architectural history.
Introduction: Positioning LeRoy Part 1: Voyageur / Philosophe 1. Traveler in the Academy 2. A Book by Its Cover 3. Measuring the Earth 4. Greek Architecture and the Doctrine of Vitruvius 5. Greece and the Orient 6. A New Way of Making History 7. Mentor in the Garden Part 2: Academician / Mentor 8. Architecture and Enlightenment 9. Science for the Public Good 10. Monument to a Revolutionary Hero. Select Bibliography
Christopher Drew Armstrong is an Assistant Professor and Director of Architectural Studies in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.