Rooms 17 and 21 untill late January 2019
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End of the nave untill 22 January 2019
Ancient theatres held pride of place on the trip to Italy, with their combination of lavish decoration, architectonic structure, and their unique relationship with the urbs.
Archaeology classes were introduced at the Villa Médicis in 1836, thus demonstrating the high regard in which this discipline was held for training architects at the Académie.
Victor Baltard was among the first to benefit from teaching delivered by Antonio Nibby, who notably led the excavations at the Colosseum.
His architectural drawings, the photographs taken by Alfred-Nicolas Normand, and the drawings of Louis Boitte, who was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1846 and 1859, provide an insight into issues around training and the imitation of the remains of these monumental edifices.
However, a growing suspicion of archaeology, which was thought to teach nothing more than servile imitation of Antiquity, radically changed its relationship with the exercise of restoration.
Although executed in a different context, the majestic sequence featuring the theatre of Timgad, the ancient city of Thamugadi, sketched by Albert Ballu in 1900, contradicts the idea that reconstructions could no longer satisfy artist’s expectations in terms of exerting fascination and stimulating the mind.