Desmond Kraege

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Architectural History
Email Address: 
dk2407@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
1N-14 Green Hall
Degrees: 

Ph.D., University of Lausanne, 2019

Profile

Desmond Bryan Kraege’s postdoctoral research project “The Emergence of Architectural Worldviews: Shaping Historical Discourses on Monuments, Civilisations and their Filiations, 1721-1802” concerns efforts of classification of the architecture of world civilisations through conceptual systems of filiation and parallel in 18th century Europe. He is currently preparing an article on Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand’s Recueil et parallèle des édifices de tout genre, anciens et modernes (Paris, 1801). His broader research interests encompass themes of temporality and pictorial representations of architecture, which figured prominently in his doctoral thesis “Picturing Architecture and Time: History and Imagination in Hubert Robert's Artistic Vision” (University of Lausanne, December 2019, supervisor Prof. Christian Michel).

Desmond studied at the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and has lectured at the universities of Lausanne and Paris 10 Nanterre. Before taking up his present postdoctoral position at Princeton, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Swiss Institute in Rome and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design.  Desmond was awarded a grant for research assistantship on the project Art et Démocratie (1789-1792), a study of French Revolutionary debates on state involvement in the arts. He was responsible for critical editions of numerous historical sources, including Quatremère de Quincy’s Considérations sur les arts du dessin en France, and co-edited the volume Art et démocratie: les débats sur les arts du dessin dans les premières années de la Révolution française (Geneva, Droz, 2020). His own research within this project focused on Quatremère’s use of theories of climate and historical cycles to legitimise a proposed reform of the Paris Académie.

In 2021, Desmond organised the symposium Re-Conceiving an Ancient Wonder: The Afterlife of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, 1500-1850 (co-directed with Felix Martin, RWTH Aachen University), a study of the varied uses of this ancient monument within Early Modern European culture. This project, centering on the Mausoleum’s status as an invisible reference known only through written descriptions by Pliny the Elder and other ancient writers, is currently being developed into a collective book. The reception of ancient Greek architecture has also been the theme of several of Desmond’s recent papers on the eighteenth-century rediscovery of Greece.

Desmond’s projects have been supported by several grants from both the Swiss (SNSF) and German (DFG) national research foundations. He has been awarded the Alfred Richterich Prize of the Association of Swiss Historians of Art, a Faculty Prize from the Humanities Department of the University of Lausanne, and a Postgraduate Conference Bursary from the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Publications List: 

Selected Publications

‘Rendre le Parthénon pittoresque ? Leroy, Stuart & Revett, et l’occidentalité picturale de la redécouverte d’Athènes’ in Donner à voir l’Antiquité, eds. V. Krings and A.-H. Klinger-Dollé, Bordeaux, Ausonius. (forthcoming)

‘Fraîcheur, odeur et procédés descriptifs : Le génie de l’architecture de Le Camus de Mézières à la lumière de la théorie des jardins’ in Décoration intérieure et plaisir des sens (1700-1850), ed. B. Poulain et al., Rome, Artemide. (forthcoming)

‘Fabriques, Decoration and (Dis)continuity: Exterior-Interior Relations in French Garden Theory, 1770-1789’ Garden History, 48, 2, 2020, 135-157.

Ed. Art et démocratie. Les débats sur les arts du dessin dans les premières années de la Révolution française, with Ch. Michel et al., Geneva, Droz, 2020.

‘L’Académie et la théorie des milieux. La ré-institutionnalisation du monde artistique dans les Considérations sur les arts du dessin de Quatremère de Quincy’ followed by [critical edition] ‘Antoine Chrysostome Quatremère de Quincy, Considérations sur les arts du dessin en France, suivies d’un plan d’académie ou d’école publique et d’un système d’encouragements’ in Art et démocratie, eds. Ch. Michel et al., Geneva, Droz, 2020, 151-250.

[critical edition database] Art et démocratie (1789-1792), eds. Ch. Michel et al., Lausanne, University of Lausanne, 2018.

‘‘Must the Arts Suffer from the Progress of Reason?’: Four Slave Statues, the 1790 Place des Victoires Debate, and the Urban Monument in Early Revolutionary France’ Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 80, 1, 2017, 108-126.

‘‘After all, there is no place like London’ : un livre de photographies urbaines d'Alvin Langdon Coburn’ in Utopie et réalité de l'urbanisme : La Chaux-de-Fonds, Chandigarh, Brasilia, dir. K. Imesch, Gollion, Infolio, 2015, pp. 97-122.