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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774161203
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774161209
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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''None of Prisse's contemporaries had the skill or endurance to bring such an endeavor to such a brilliant end. He was far ahead of his time in his awareness of the vulnerability of the monuments and the need to protect them and to record them. His were the first reliable drawings of Egyptian architecture and ornaments and the first plans and sections of constructions newly excavated. He returned to Paris Ýin 1860¨ with a rich harvest of 300 drawings, 400 meters of squeezes, and 150 photographs.'' -- Maarten J. Raven, Curator of the Egyptian Department, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.

About the Author

Emile Prisse d'Avennes (1807-79) is the author of Islamic Art in Cairo (see page 4).

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"Atlas of Egyptian Art" presents drawings and paintings made by the French 19th century Egyptologist Prisse d'Avennes during his first and second trips to Egypt. The book - published by the American University in Cairo Press - comes with an introduction by Maarten J. Raven and captions by Oluf E. Kaper.

[MJR and OEK are Dutch Egyptologists, but their texts are in English.]

Emile Prisse D'Avennes (1807-1879) was educated as an architect and engineer, but his personal interest led him to become an Egyptologist. His first visit to Egypt lasted from 1827 to 1844; his second from 1858 to 1860. During these visits he made many drawings and paintings of ancient tombs and temples, most of which were published in Paris during the last ten years of his life, between 1868 and 1878.

[A similar project was undertaken by the Italian scholar Ippolito Rosellini, who visited Egypt (with the French scholar Jean-Francois Champollion) 1828-1829. Some of his drawings and paintings are published in The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia.]

The material in the "Atlas" is divided into five sections:

(1) Architecture
(2) Drawings
(3) Sculptures
(4) Paintings
(5) Industrial Art

All illustrations are interesting and valuable, because they document the condition of the ancient monuments in the 19th century. Since then some monuments have suffered further damage, and the colours of some paintings have faded a great deal. But some of these illustrations are more than just interesting and valuable; they are outstanding.
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