Marc Antoine Laugier, from baroque to neoclassic architecture
By Rebecca Williamson. Across from Architecture stands a winged cherub, with plump buttocks and a pronounced cowlick in the shape of a flame. He gazes in a different direction than his companion, who points her finger towards four trees rooted into the ground.
This translation uses the text of the original edition. It also includes additions made by Laugier for the edition of as well as the Avertissement for that edition, which contains Laugier's rebuttal to his critics. An introduction by Wolfgang Herrmann gives details of Laugier's life and the context in which this book was written. The Essai is important as a key document in 18th century art theory.