De classicistische kleuren van twee Brusselse pleinen: Een discours van authenticiteit en uniformiteit

Ann Verdonck, Marjolein Deceuninck

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The Brussels city archives contain a fine collection of documents that each in their own way shed light on the creation and development of two striking Brussels ensembles: Place des Martyrs and Place Royale. The nature of the documents is narrative, visual, administrative, documentary, legal, technical, anecdotal and ... colourful. Although created from a different context, both ensembles came into being simultaneously in the second half of the 18th century. Work on the rather modest Place des Martyrs began in 1774, and in 1776 construction began on the imposing pavilions along Place Royale. Their history and evolution has been written down extensively in numerous publications, which is why this contribution focuses on the original colour schemes of the façades of these special squares, on the evolution of these colours over time, which was often accompanied by lively discussions, and on the field of tension between the maintenance problems and the uniformity of the square façades.

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Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)42-56
Number of pages15
JournalErfgoed Brussel
VolumeLente 2021
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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