Beaux-Arts Architecture of the Gilded Age
Rizzoli has just published a new book Americans in Paris on the Ecole des Beaux Arts which was responsible for the beautiful architecture of our young country that we refer to as the Gilded Age . This book presents a comprehensive overview of the seminal early work of a century of American architects who studied at the famous school before going on to design and build many of the nation’s most important buildings and monuments.
“The first American to be accepted to the École, in 1846, Richard Morris Hunt (the brain behind the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal and the fabled Breakers estate in Newport, Rhode Island) led a line of students that included Guy Lowell (architect of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts), Julia Morgan (the school’s first woman and the designer of Hearst Castle), Charles McKim (of legendary firm McKim, Mead & White, whose creations include New York’s original Penn Station and the Morgan Library), and John Russell Pope (best known for the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives in Washington).”
Here are some of those important buildings along with a collection of mansions from the Gilded Age.
The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island
Boston Museum of Fine Art
An iconic pool.
Today’s icon Lady Gaga chose the Hearst Castle indoor pool for her video location.
Love that we have such magnificent places combining architecture, decorative arts and sculpture.
New York Public Library
More Gilded Age Mansions.
Another blog I did on the Ecole des Beaux Arts focusing on the training of artists and sculptors.
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