Reading the Royal Monument in Eighteenth-Century Europe is the first in-depth study of the major role played by royal monuments in the public space of expanding cities across eighteenth-century Europe. Using the royal public statues as the basis for its examination of modern European cities, the book considers the development of urban landscapes from the creation of capital cities to the last embers of the Ancien Régime and at how the royal politics of the arts affected the cityscapes of the time. The focus of the book thereby intersects across a spectrum of disciplines, including the social and architectural history of cities, the politics of urban planning, the history of monumental sculpture, and the material culture of the eighteenth century.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface, Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau; Introduction, Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau; The king and others: multiple figures in French royal monuments of the modern era, Etienne Jollet; Statues of Louis XV: illustrating the monarch's character in public squares whilst renewing urban art, Daniel Rabreau; 'Levez-vous, citoyens!' Military reforms and the fate of the pedestal slaves in 18th-century France, Godehard Janzing; 6 June, the king's birthday present: an insight into the history of royal monuments in Portugal at the end of the ancien régime, Miguel Figueira de Faria; The monument to Peter the Great by Falconet: a place royale by the Neva?, Basile Baudez; Two royal monuments in Stockholm, Johan Cederlund; King of the new republic: Houdon's equestrian monument to George Washington, David Bindman; Independence in the imperial realm: political iconography and urbanism in 18th-century Palermo, Alexander GrÃ¶nert; Originals or replicas? Royal equestrian monuments in 18th-century Great Britain and Ireland, Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau; Royal monuments and civic ritual in 18th-century Dublin, Philip McEvansoneya; Bibliography; Index.
Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau received a PhD in history of art from the Université Paris I- Panthéon- Sorbonne on 'Royal monuments and public space in Great-Britain and Ireland, 1714-1820' in 2005. After ten years spent in England, in Oxford, London, and Leeds, she now lives in Paris and works in the Musée du Louvre for the art-historical programmes in the auditorium. She has mainly written on eighteenth-century British and French monumental sculpture and town-planning and is currently particularly interested in the circulation of artistic models and ideas in a European cultural space from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century.