2017 Classical Lecture Series, A Year of Enlightenment: The French Influence in Design and Style
Lecture II: 17th Century Paris: The First Great Walking City
Joan DeJean, Guest Speaker
This lecture series is in partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
In the course of the 17th century, Paris became the kind of city no European had previously experienced: a great walking city. By royal decree – and with the active participation of great architects and the Royal Academy of Architecture – Paris became a place where people walked not merely to get around, but by choice and for pleasure. Using images from the period, Joan DeJean will explore some of the innovations – from bridges to boulevards – essential to Paris’ transformation.
Joan DeJean is Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of ten books on French literature, history, and material culture, including most recently How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City; The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual—and the Modern Home Began; and The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. She has just completed a book on the greatest, and the deadliest, dynasty of French royal embroiderers. She lives in Philadelphia and, when in Paris, on the street where the number 4 bus began service on July 5, 1662.
This is the second of the 2016 Classical Lecture series. The Series will also include:
October 25: Loire Valley Châteaux and Gardens: Cradle of French Renaissance Culture with Dr. Eric Haskell
November 8: Chateau de Villandry with Henri de Carvallo
November 15: The House of Pierre Frey with Patrick Frey