"In the Beaux Arts tradition the understanding of the role of detail as a generator of the character of buildings determined that a very peculiar graphic means for the study of it, the analytique. In this graphic representation of a designed or surveyed building the details play the predominant role. They are composed in different scales in the attempt to single out the dialogue among the parts in the making of the text of the building. Sometimes the building as a whole is present in the drawing, and generally it is represented at a minuscule scale, and so it seems a detail among details. The origin of the analytique and its role in the construing of architecture can be traced back to the technique of graphic representation and composition developed by Piranesi in his etchings surveying the Magnificenza of Roman architecture. These are a graphic interpretation, with a stronger Vichian bias, of Carlo Lodoli's understanding of the built environment as a sum of inadequate details to be substituted with more appropriate ones. Another form of the analytique, illustrating the architecture of Italy, can be found in the Italian lire notes today." (Frascari, p. 24).
Blouet and Poirot: Égine