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The Vaudoyers: a French architectural dynasty 1756-1975 (Recording)

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This a recording of a talk by Professor Barry Bergdoll on transformations in French architectural culture through the lens of the Vaudoyers

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The Vaudoyer dynasty spans the lifetime of architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from its creation with the participation of Antoine Laurent Thomas Vaudoyer (1756-1846), to its demise after 1968 during the final years of the career of Jean Laurent Vaudoyer (1902-75).  In 1968 student protests rocked the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and led to the dismantling of a system with roots in the 18th century.  Some Vaudoyer generations marked architectural culture with their innovations, others sought to conform to the norms of the day, but the culture of architecture was maintained in the family as well by the passing down of drawings, and letters from the Italian sojourn that was such an initiatory passage for French architects.  The culture of architecture was institutionalized both at the level of the system of the governmental Beaux-Arts and in the tradition of a family whose lasting built legacy includes one of the only new cathedrals of 19th century France and one of the most important English inspired "garden city" housing complexes of the early 20th century.

Barry Bergdoll is a specialist in late 18th and 19th century French and German architecture. His books include European Architecture 1750-1890 (2000) and Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (1994). He is Professor of Art History at Columbia University and former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Victorian Society is an IHBC recognised CPD provider​.

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