Islamic Art in Cairo

From the 7th to the 18th Centuries

E. Prisse d’Avennes
Introduction by George T. Scanlon

In 1827, a brilliant young French engineer and draftsman arrived in Alexandria at the start of a long and fruitful love affair with Egypt and its art,

English edition
15 March 2008
240 pp.
234 illus. incl. 153 color
21.5X24cm
ISBN 9789774161193
For sale worldwide

$29.95

In 1827, a brilliant young French engineer and draftsman arrived in Alexandria at the start of a long and fruitful love affair with Egypt and its art, both ancient and contemporary. Emile Prisse d’Avennes (1807–79) spent a total of nineteen years in Egypt, traveling throughout the country to collect the stunning images that he later published in Paris in two collections, Atlas de l’histoire de l’art egyptien and L’ Art arabe. It is the illustrations from the latter that make up this volume. Prisse’s masterly renderings of Cairo’s mosques and their decorations more than retain their impact today: they still have the power to amaze and delight, while at the same time carrying valuable historical and artistic information for specialists studying Islamic art and architecture. As Professor George Scanlon says in his Introduction to the volume: “For those passionate about the Islamic legacy of Egypt—may they admire and stand grateful.”

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.

George T. Scanlon

George T. Scanlon is professor emeritus of Islamic art and architecture in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo. Carole Hillenbrand, OBE is professor of Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh.
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