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"The Double Rationale,"on the language of Quatremère de Quincy
Quatremère de Quincy was an interesting character. Despite having no professional training in architecture, his theoretical contribution to the discipline remains an influential and intriguing one for many. Born in Paris in 1755, Quatremère was the leading theorist of French neoclassical art and architecture. He wrote biographies of artists. He was commissioned to write the first formal dictionary of architecture. He wrote on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architecture. He was the author of the Architecture volumes of the Encyclopédie Méthodique. He served as a perpetual secretary for the Academy of Fine Arts. He even wrote, and later revised and expanded his own words.