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The Visibility of the Eiffel Tower

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Mar 07 2018
The Visibility of the Eiffel Tower

Northwestern professor S. Hollis Clayson will question the prominence of this iconic structure, looking at various responses to its presence.

The Visibility of the Eiffel Tower

“There is virtually no Parisian glance it fails to touch at some time of day. . . . The Tower is also present to the entire world.”
—Roland Barthes, “The Eiffel Tower,” 1964

La Tour Eiffel—the 300-meter open-work iron pylon erected in Paris for the Exposition Universelle, making it the tallest structure on earth in 1889—continues to pose questions about its function and meaning, despite its global fame and the abundant scholarship it has

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