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Émile Prisse d'Avennes: Egyptian Art

Ikram, Salima

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Titel: Émile Prisse d'Avennes: Egyptian Art

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Inhaltsangabe: Symmetry and opulence: Art and architecture of ancient Egypt   An ardent admirer of the superb skills of the ancient Egyptian and Oriental artisans, the French Orientalist, author, and artist Emile Prisse d?Avennes (1807?1879) made enormous contributions to the field of Egyptology. As a youth he dreamed of exploring the Orient, and at 19 began his travels, by visiting Greece, Palestine, and India. Over the next 40 years he travelled to Syria, Arabia, Persia, and lived for some time in Egypt and Algeria. Prisse d?Avennes explored Egypt dressed as an Arab, using the name Edris Effendi. A student of ancient Egyptian and Islamic cultures, he later wrote in his History of Egyptian Art: "I have selected the most elegant models, those whose shape gives a very exact idea of the taste and luxury of this period, when Egyptian artistry was at its most brilliant ."

In 1844 Prisse d?Avennes travelled from Alexandria to France, where, three years later, he published the Monuments égyptiens. The volume contains 51 plates?mainly chromolithographs, but also some color plates?based on drawings made during his years in Egypt. After again visiting North Africa, he returned to Paris in 1860 with the fruits of his numerous journeys?hundreds of folio drawings, photographs, sketches, plans, and 400 meters of bas-reliefs. Fascinated by the symmetry, complexity and opulence of Egyptian and Arabic art, he drew from his vast collection to create compilations of art and architecture, based on his study of original documents and historical, social, and religious context. His beautiful album of Egyptian art was published in its entirety in Paris in 1878 as Histoire de l?art égyptien containing 159 stunning plates.

This publication brings together for the first time the complete collection of these splendid illustrations of architecture, sculpture, paintings, and industrial arts.

Inhaltsangabe: Symmetry and opulence: Exploring the Valley of the Kings   A lifelong devotee of ancient Egyptian and Oriental culture, the French author, artist, and scholar Achille-Constant-Théodore-Émile Prisse d?Avennes (1807?1879) is famed as one of the most influential Egyptologists, long before the discipline was even properly established.

Prisse first embarked on his explorations in 1836, documenting sites throughout the Nile Valley, often under his Egyptian pseudonym, Edris Effendi. Prisse?s first publication of notes, drawings and squeezes (a kind of frottage) came in the form of Les Monuments égyptiens, a modest collection of 51 plates, but one met with considerable acclaim in both popular and intellectual circles.

Encouraged by his success, Prisse returned to Egypt in the late 1850s to expand his work. His subsequent, vast oeuvres, L?Histoire de l?art égyptien and L?Art arabe, offer a truly complete survey of Egyptian art. The albums cover architecture, drawing, sculpture, painting and industrial or minor arts, with sections, plans, architectural details and surface decoration all documented with utmost sensitivity and accuracy. Even when compared to the products of the great state-sponsored expeditions to Egypt of this period, Prisse?s compendium remains the largest, singlehanded illustrated record of Egyptian art in existence.

This publication brings together for the first time the complete collection of Prisse?s unsurpassed illustrations in a visual and archaeological feast of symmetry and complexity, mystery and opulence.   Text in English, French, and German

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