Section of a "Galerie dans le palais d'un souverain"

Charles Pierre Joseph Normand French

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Among the architectural drawings donated by Charles and Jayne Wrightsman are many so-called projets. They represent highly finished ideas for monumental buildings, conceived either in an academic environment or for a specific architectural competition, such as the Grand Prix de Rome. Although most of these projets were never realized, they were of great importance for the training and careers of architects in late eighteenth-century France, allowing them to demonstrate their skills in draftsmanship and design and to exhibit their ideas. Like Normand’s Gallery in a Sovereign’s Palace, these drawings often portray particularly grand buildings. As such, these projets can be understood to represent the avant-garde of architectural design.

Section of a "Galerie dans le palais d'un souverain", Charles Pierre Joseph Normand (French, Goyencourt 1765–1840 Paris), Pen and black ink, brush and gray and pink wash

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