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Housing the New RomansArchitectural Reception and Classical Style in the Modern World$
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Katharine T. von Stackelberg and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272333

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272333.001.0001

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The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris

The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris

Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Dynamics of Stylistic Transformation

(p.54) Chapter 2 The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris
Housing the New Romans

Caroline van Eck

Miguel John Versluys

Oxford University Press

The Hôtel de Beauharnais (1803–1806) in Paris was originally built by Germain Boffrand in 1713 for the Colbert family. It was redecorated by Jean Auguste Renard and others for Eugène de Beauharnais, Napoleon’s adopted son. It is one of the earliest monuments of Empire Style domestic architecture, combining Roman and Egyptian motifs. This analysis takes the concept of transformation and its related methods of adaptation and appropriation as its starting point to see what kinds of agency the Hôtel was intended to exercise, and how it functioned as immersive architecture within the poetics of eclecticism. In particular this paper examines the effect of the eighteenth-century theories of ornament by Julien-David Le Roy, Piranesi, and Jean-François Sobry.

Keywords:   Hôtel de Beauharnais, Immersion, Neo-Antique, Neoclassical, Neo-Egyptian, Napoleon, Egypt, Empire Style, Rome, Alexandria

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