Atlas of Egyptian Art

E. Prisse d’Avennes
Introduction byMaarten Raven

This enchanted tour of Egyptian art by one of its early explorers is one of the most beautiful modern works on ancient Egyptian art. Prisse d’Avenne

English edition
15 March 2008
174 pp.
158 color illus.
21.5X24cm
ISBN 9789774161209
For sale worldwide

$19.95

This enchanted tour of Egyptian art by one of its early explorers is one of the most beautiful modern works on ancient Egyptian art. Prisse d’Avennes’ monumental work, first published in Paris over a ten-year period between 1868 and 1878, includes the only surviving record of many lost artifacts. ‘‘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 [in 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. Now reissued in a handy new hardbound reference format.

E. Prisse d’Avennes

Emile Prisse d’Avennes (1807–79), a colossal figure in Egyptian studies, is also the author of Atlas of Egyptian Art (AUC Press, 1997), the Oriental Album, as well as dozens of articles and reports on a variety of subjects. George T. Scanlon is professor of Islamic art and architecture at the American University in Cairo.
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