From 24 January 2017 through 12 March 2018, the Archives Nationales at the Hôtel de Soubise in Paris staged the exhibition Dessiner pour bâtir: Le métier d'architecte au XVIIe siècle (Drawing to Build: The Profession of the Architect in the Seventeenth Century). The catalogue published to accompany the exhibition explores the social, cultural, and artistic contexts that shaped the evolution of the architectural profession in France during the Grand Siècle and includes reproductions of the two hundred objects—drawings, documents, models, and drawing instruments—displayed in the exhibition, some for the first time. The book features an ingenious system of cross-references that highlights the many relationships among...

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