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Memphis. vue générale des pyramides et du sphinx, prise au soleil couchant

REF KM004869 EAN 3336727361191

 Memphis. vue générale des pyramides et du sphinx, prise au soleil couchant

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Memphis. vue générale des pyramides et du sphinx, prise au soleil couchant

When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, he brought with him an entourage of more than 160 scholars and scientists. Known as the French Commission on the Sciences and Arts of Egypt, these experts undertook an extensive survey of the country's archeology, topography, and natural history.

A soldier who was part of the expedition found the famous Rosetta Stone, which the French linguist and scholar Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832) later used to unlock many of the mysteries that long had surrounded the language of ancient Egypt.

In 1802 Napoleon authorized the publication of the commission's findings in a monumental, multi-volume work that included plates, maps, scholarly essays, and a detailed index. Publication of the original Imperial edition began in 1809.
It proved so popular that a second edition was published under the post-Napoleonic Bourbon Restoration.

Date of engraving
1805-1812
Série
Description de l'Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française (1798-1801), Paris 1809-1822. Ensemble de 907 planches.
Chapitre
Antiquités, volume V - Planche : 8
Origin
Second Empire (1851-1870) - Commande du Premier Empire. Don de la Bibliothèque Impériale en 1866
Size of the sheet of paper
H. 66 L. 112 cm
Technical
Eau-forte et burin
Size of the copper plate
H. 52,5 L. 95 cm
Engraver
Louis-Pierre Baltard, 1764-1846, France
Museum
Paris - Chalcographie du musée du Louvre
Themes
Archaeology, Egypt, Engraving
Art movement
19th century
Artist
Louis-Pierre Baltard (1764-1846)
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