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Anthony Gerbino
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT 06459-3208)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2004 – 6/30/2004

Architecture, Erudition, and Early Modern Science: Studies in the Life and Career of Francois Blondel

This proposal outlines a plan of research and writing for a book on the French architect and polymath, Francois Blondel. The first director of the Royal Academy of Architecture, designer and urbanist to Louis XIV, and prolific author of learned treatises, Blondel is an important, though neglected, figure in 17th-century architecture, science, and classical scholarship. The book will be the only scholarly work on Blondel to appear in over sixty years and the first to assess his understanding of architecture in light of the encyclopedic literary culture of his time.