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Jean-Fran ois-Th r se Chalgrin was a French architect, best known
for his design for the Arc de Triomphe, Paris. His neoclassic
orientation was established from his early studies with the prophet
of neoclassicism Giovanni Niccol Servandoni and with the radical
classicist tienne-Louis Boull e in Paris and through his Prix de
Rome sojourn as a pensionnaire of the French Academy in Rome. His
time in Rome coincided with a fervent new interest in Classicism
among the young French pensionnaires, under the influences of
Piranesi and the publications of Winckelmann. Returning to Paris,
he was quickly given an appointment as an inspector of public works
for the city of Paris, under the architect Pierre-Louis
Moreau-Desproux, whose own time at the French Academy in Rome had
predisposed him to the new style
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