Schumacher Daily

Hidden Gem: See Our La Cité Come to Life

October 28, 2015


La Cité is a reproduction of the Turgot Map of Paris, originally published in 1739. Created by Louis Bretez, a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, the map is elaborately rendered in “false perspective,” or bird’s eye point of view.  Bretez labored over the extraordinarily detailed plan for years, meticulously documenting each park, and window in the metropolis.  The mural is an exacting record of 18th century Paris prior to Baron Haussman’s redesign of the city as well as a remarkable artwork in its own right. Schumacher’s La Cité became part of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection in 1992.




Our  La Cité is an elegant background for model Mary Jane Russell,
posing in Dior for a 1951 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe.