Alain Erlande-Brandenburg (2 August 1937 – 6 June 2020) was a French art historian and honorary general curator for heritage, a specialist on Gothic and Romanesque art.
3 Selected bibliography
In his early years, Alain Erlande-Brandenburg studied at Lycée Saint-Charles and Lycée Thiers 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 at the École pratique des hautes études (4th section). He taught as a professor of medieval architecture at the École de Chaillot 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.
He was Inspector General of the French museums in 1988 and was president of the Société française d'archéologie from 1985 to 1994.
Officier de la Légion d'honneur (decree of 12 July 2002)
Commandeur de l'ordre national du Mérite (decree of 14 May 1997)
Commandeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres
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)
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
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