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Painting, Law and Professions, II: Paris Visual Academie and French Law

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Aside from English law being cited as pioneering the first professionalism project, French law is also frequently treated as an exemplar of early professionalism. We challenge this consensus by demonstrating that the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture of Paris preceded along a professionalism project centuries in advance of French law. Using this comparison, we also provide alternative explanations for questions and issues which remain troubling in the literature of French law.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843, USA;, Email:


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