Title: Planches du Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (Pl.51)
Published : Paris France 1802 (First edition)
Size : circa 16 x 22 inches
Author / Artist: Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
This original Copper Engraving is Page 51 of the famous Atlas "Travel in Low and High Egypt" - it shows two Views and a ground plan of the Temple of Armant / Hermonthis. It would look even more beautiful after being framed in one frame or in three different frames as a series.
Armant, known in Greek as Hermonthis, is a town located about 12 miles south of Thebes, in Egypt. It was an important Middle Kingdom town, which was enlarged during the Eighteenth Dynasty. It is located today in the Luxor Governorate, on the west bank of the Nile. The modern name of the city derives from Iunu-Montu. Montu was an Egyptian god whose name means "nomad". A temple dedicated to Montu existed at Hermonthis as early as the Eleventh dynasty. After many changes even Cleopatra added a birth house with a sacred lake. The Temple remained visible until the Nineteenth Century, when it was recycled to build a sugar factory. Only the remains of the pylon of Thutmose III are visible today.
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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