Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

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Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Born (1937-08-02) 2 August 1937 (age 82)
NationalityFrench
Alma materÉcole du Louvre
OccupationArt historian, museum curator

Alain Erlande-Brandenburg (born 2 August 1937) is a French art historian and honorary general curator for heritage, a specialist on Gothic and Romanesque art.

Career[edit]

In his early years, Alain Erlande-Brandenburg studied at Lycée Saint-Charles [fr] and Lycée Thiers [fr] in Marseille, then he entered Lycée Henri-IV to prepare the later study at the École Nationale des Chartes, from where he graduated as an archivist-paleographer in 1964. He also studied at the École du Louvre, where he received his doctorate in 1971.

He was curator at the Musée de Cluny since 1967, chief conservator and director of the National Museum of the Renaissance in Château d'Écouen from 1980 to 1987. He became director of the Musée de Cluny from 1991 to 1994 and director of Museum of the Renaissance from 1999 to 2005. He was also a directeur d'études [fr] at the École pratique des hautes études (4th section). He taught as a professor of medieval architecture at the École de Chaillot [fr] and museology at the École du Louvre. From 1991 to 2000 he was professor of medieval archaeology and art history at the École des Chartes. From 1994 to 1998 he was director of the Archives nationales de France.[1]

He was Inspector General of the French museums in 1988 and was president of the Société française d'archéologie [fr] from 1985 to 1994.

Honours[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Construction of the Tower of Babel, featured on the cover of The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages.
  • Cluny Museum, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, 1979
  • The Lady and the Unicorn, Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1979
  • Le Monde gothique : La conquête de l'Europe (1260-1380), collection « L'Univers des Formes » (nº 34). Éditions Gallimard, 1987
  • Gothic Art, Abrams Books, 1989
  • Quand les cathédrales étaient peintes, collection « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 180), série Arts. Éditions Gallimard, 1993 (new edition in 2009)[4]
    • US edition – Cathedrals and Castles: Building in the Middle Ages, "Abrams Discoveries" series. Harry N. Abrams, 1995
    • UK edition – The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages, 'New Horizons' series. Thames & Hudson, 1995
  • The Cathedral: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Construction, Cambridge University Press, 1994
  • L'Art roman : Un défi européen, collection « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 471), série Arts. Éditions Gallimard, 2005
  • Qu'est-ce qu'une église ?, « Hors série Connaissance ». Éditions Gallimard, 2010

Literature[edit]

  • Bos, Agnès (2006). Materiam superabat opus : Hommage à Alain Erlande-Brandenburg (in French). Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux. ISBN 9782711850235.

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