Paul Bigot

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Septizodium, plan de Rome de Paul Bigot, université de Caen MRSH.JPG
Plaster model of Rome by Paul Bigot at the University of Caen, showing the area around the Circus Maximus

Paul Bigot (20 October 1870 – 8 June 1942) was a French architect.

Bigot was born in Orbec, Calvados. He studied architecture at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in the atelier of Louis-Jules André. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1900, which enabled him to study in Rome at the Villa Medici. He later became a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts.

He is particularly known for Le Plan de Rome, a large architectural model of Ancient Rome. It is a plaster model of about 70 square metres at a scale of 1:400, showing Rome as it would have been in the time of the emperor Constantine I (4th century AD). The model is preserved at the University of Caen and is itself listed as an ancient monument. A second version is in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels.

Bigot was also the architect of the Institut d'art et d'archéologie, in Paris, completed in 1928.

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