Brussels Neo-Classicism with Christophe Loir.
Christophe Loir, through his book Architecture néo-classique en Belgique published in 2009, explains how a city such as Brussels has undergone an architectural metamorphosis in about sixty years. The author is a lecturer at the History, Arts and Archaeology Department (Université Libre de Bruxelles). The author had already written a book on the fine arts: L’émergence des beaux-arts en Belgique: institutions, artists, public and heritage (1773 – 1835). It may be intended for people seeking knowledge about the history of the redesign of Brussels. However, on reading it, one quickly realises that it can be useful for the development of a tourist itinerary or a “walk”, as is often referred to throughout the book. No less than 7 different walks, each of which has been enriched with archive photos or more recent ones with detailed paragraphs on the history and architectural features of the place. The book is composed of two central points including the medieval period and the neoclassical reconstruction period after its destruction. Around 1775, Christophe Loir uses Martin du Tailly’s plan as a basis for his visit. Unlike the 1850 lithograph, which is a lithograph from 1850. On the whole, it is interesting to look at this book, which relates countless details: the relativity of antiquity on the capital, the financing and contributions to the growing population, the circulation and the various plans of cuts, sculptures and various inspirations. So many quality works combining past and present to understand our environment. Moreover, this is part of his dadas: “My passion for history has extended to the history of art. At the same time, I followed a dual training course: in history (modern times option) and in history and archaeology (Middle Ages – modern times option). Since the history of Christianity is essential to put the European artistic heritage into context, I followed a postgraduate course at the ULB in the history of religions (option Christianity) at the Institute for the Study of Religions and Secularism (which has since become the CIERL), supplemented by an Erasmus at the École pratique des Hautes études in Paris (religious sciences section)”.