Published : Paris France 1802 (First edition)
Size : circa 16 x 22 inches
Author / Artist: Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
This original Copper Engraving is Page 97 of the famous Atlas "Travel in Low and High Egypt" - it shows many different Ancient Egyptian aritfacts. Especially noteworthy are depictions of different Scarabs and Egyptian Seals. On the bottom are also a couple of reliefs including one of a Monkey. The top part of the engraving has the French title "Antiquites Egyptiennes". It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
Scarabs were popular amulets and impression seals in Ancient Egypt. They survive in large numbers and, through their inscriptions and typology, they are an important source of information for archaeologists and historians of the ancient world. They also represent a significant body of ancient art.
About the Engraver:
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.
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