Title: Planches du Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (Pl.48)
Published : Paris France 1802 (First edition)
Size : circa 16 x 22 inches
Author / Artist: Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
This original Copper Engraving is Page 48 of the famous Atlas "Travel in Low and High Egypt" - it shows a View of Thebes & a Site Plan of the Temples of Luxor in Egypt. It is a stunning view and a rare site plan of the temples. It would look beautifully framed in one frame or in two different frames as a series.
Thebes known to the ancient Egyptians as Waset, was an ancient Egyptian city located east of the Nile about 800 kilometers south of the Mediterranean. Its ruins lie within the modern Egyptian city of Luxor.
Luxor is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. The population numbers 487,896 with an area of approximately 416 square kilometres.
Denon was invited to accompany Bonaparte during the French Expedition to Egypt - a staging post in Napoleon's campaign to wrest India from the British - Denon was forcibly struck by Egypt's architecture and found the opportunity of gathering the materials for his most important literary and artistic work. He accompanied General Desaix to Upper Egypt, and made numerous sketches of the monuments of ancient art, sometimes under the very fire of the enemy. On one occasion he worked for sixteen hours, while the windblown sand caused his eyelids to bleed. Upon his return to France, Denon published Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt. His insightful and deeply humane volume became an instant bestseller. The work crowned his reputation both as an archaeologist and as an artist, and sparked the Egyptian Revival in architecture and decorative arts. It also marks the beginning of modern Egyptology.
Condition: It is in good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look. Please see pictures.
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