Title: Planches du Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (Pl.56)
Published : Paris France 1802 (First edition)
Size : circa 15 x 22 inches
Author / Artist: Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
This original Copper Engraving is Page 56 of the famous Atlas "Travel in Low and High Egypt" - it shows two views and a site plan of the Horus temple in Edfu. It is one of the best preserved Ptolemaic temples in Egypt.
The Temple of Edfu is an ancient Egyptian temple, located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt. The city was known in Greco-Roman times as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo. It is one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt.
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 minor irregularities and light tanning giving it a vintage look. PLEASE SEE PICTURES.
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