PERCIER, Charles
(b. 1764, Paris, d. 1838, Paris)

General view

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

Evocation of Imperial Rome was a prime purpose of the commemorative structures in the Napoleonic era, most of which were dedicated to Austerlitz. Constructed by Percier and Fontaine in the cour d'honneur of the Louvre in 1806-08, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - crowned with the Byzantine bronze horses plundered from San Marco in Venice - borrows directly from the triumphal arch of Septimus Severus in Rome.