He was police chief of the French Republic near the king de Naples and made a stay in Sicily of 1787 with 1794 in order to study there old the Temple S Greek. It made it possible many Sicilians to redécouvrir their ancient and traditional past, which was the subject consequently of a novel mode. Dufourny worked some time with Palermo, and its “Temple of Entry” to the botanical gardens of the city was the very first building of Sicily concerned with the Doric order. The temple purely respects a neo-classic style , as appeared in England towards 1760, and announces for the island an heavy tendency of the following decades.
Leon Dufourny was elected member of the Académie of the fine arts in 1796. President of the commission of the funds and the central administrative commission of the Institute of France, nivôse and ventôse of Year XII.
- Diario di a giacobino has Palermo, 1789-1793 , Fondazione Lauro Chiazzese della Sicilcassa, Palermo, 1991. Translation in Italian of the Newspaper of Leon Dufourny in Palermo, July 8th, 1789 - September 29th, 1793 .
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