Ancient Monuments of Rome: Reconstructions by the Students of the Académie Française From the Revolution to the 1880's

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From the time of the French Revolution to the beginning of the 20th century, architecture students of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris who won the five-year Grand Prix scholarship to study at the French Academy in Rome were obliged to produce a reconstruction of an ancient monument for evaluation by the Académie in Paris.  In the 1870s, a half-dozen of the best and most interesting of these were engraved and published by the French government at great expense. This display drawn from volumes in the McCormick Library of Special Collections at Northwestern by art history professor David Van Zanten illustrates how the techniques of conceiving such an archeological reconstruction changed and matured over time.
The exhibit will be on view until June 20, 2014