LeDeuzzy, Q.
Emil Kaufmann

I believe in multiple choice
Three Revolutionary Architects, Boullee, Ledoux, and Lequeu

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Church for Marseille - Eglise des Capucines de Marseille

Temple of Ceres

Temple to the Unknown God - Temple du Dieu inconnu

From the point of view of its artistic meaning, the compositional principle of the Tomb of Porsenna and the Castle on the Sea appears again in the apparently totally different Church of the Capuchin Nuns of Marseille of 1788. This is also an agglomerate of elementary geometrical forms; a spherical dome, a hemi­cylindrical portico, and flanking prisms,with a halo-like crowning arch.

In the Style of the Stage
Many of Lequeu's designs might very well serve as theatrical decorations of that higher type which aims at mood and expressiveness rather than at realistic representation. The Temple of Ceres is unobtrusive "Narrative" architecture, the delicate work of a skillfull decorator.

The Temple to the Unknown God is a cave carved out of rock and framed by a rusticated arch in which a pedimented Ionic portico has found place. In the dim interior of the cave we discern a globe topped by a flickering flame.


Temple of Terpsichore

Entrance to the abode of Pluto - Demeure de Pluton

The Nymphée is a vaulted, niche-like structure built around a fountain, in the midst of the woods.

The Temple of Terpsichore is flanked by platforms on which dancers perform.

The drawing with the Entrance to the Abode of Pluto, conceived in delicate colors, and with dramatic lighting, is in its plainness and monumentality a precursor of scenic decoration of our time, and is of superior artistic quality.




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