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February 04, 2010


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I've only begun to look at this work, but as a contemporary of Ruskin and an example of the fascination of the times with mountains.

And it would seem that le-Duc's observations of glaciers are today of value in reconstructing glacial retreat in the Alps - his work endures in many ways!

I was searching for the Le Duc's Alps and came across your blog. This is a wonderful essay with a number of interesting references, links and photographs. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Natalia - thank you! What is your interest in all this?


Thank you for this very interesting "reverse" discovery of Viollet-le-Duc's Mont-Blanc. In fact, he spent 8 years after he was fired from the "Ecole des Beaux-Arts", studying the Mont-Blanc, witch he called "the monument of Europe". He dealt with geology, geomorphology, cartography aso is "pseudo horogénèse" was by force completely false, but by the way he was such a smart pragmatic observer that at the end of the story his performance was quite clever. In 1988 et 1993 i published two books on the relationship of VLD and the mountains.

Pierre Frey

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