Photo, Print, Drawing Newton's Cenotaph. Cénotaphe de Newton

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Title

  • Newton's Cenotaph.

Other Title

  • Cénotaphe de Newton

Summary

  • "Sublime spirit! Vast and profound genius! Divine being! Accept the homage of my weak talents... Oh, Newton!" With these words, French architect and designer Étienne-Louis Boullée (1728--99) dedicated his design for an imaginary cenotaph (empty tomb) in honor of the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642--1727). Like many intellectuals of his day, Boullée was fascinated by Newtonian physics. His design illustrates perfectly the general characteristics of his work and that of the architecture of the end of the 18th century: large simple masses free from any superfluous decoration, and buildings whose forms express their purpose. Boullée was an academician who taught at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Académie Royale d'Architecture in Paris. He influenced many of his contemporaries by his works and his teaching.

Contributor Names

  • Boullée, Étienne-Louis, 1728-1799 Architect.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1784.

Subject Headings

  • -  France
  • -  France--Île-de-France--Paris
  • -  1784
  • -  Monuments and memorials
  • -  Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 6 designs: black ink, wash tint, in color.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of France.
  • -  Content in French.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021669836

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Boullée, Étienne-Louis, Architect. Newton's Cenotaph. Paris Île-De-France France, 1784. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669836/.

APA citation style:

Boullée, É. (1784) Newton's Cenotaph. Paris Île-De-France France, 1784. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669836/.

MLA citation style:

Boullée, Étienne-Louis, Architect. Newton's Cenotaph. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021669836/>.