DESCRIPTION OF EGYPT

Gilles Néret

DESCRIPTION OF EGYPT
Publisher: TASCHEN
Product Code: 9783822837757
Availability: In Stock
Price: 9.99€

In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to conquer Egypt. The campaign was a military and political disaster but nonetheless it had a profound and lasting impact, by revealing the splendour of a mysterious and forgotten civilization.

For Napoleon’s ships also carried some 500 scholars, scientists and artists whose task it was to study the country and its customs. Traversing a country at war under the stifling heat of southern Egypt, they embarked on the first major study of a land then all but unknown to Europeans.

They discovered the Valley of the Kings outside Thebes. They found the Rosetta stone, which when deciphered enabled scholars to read hieroglyphics. And their combined efforts culminated in what is surely one of the most ambitiously comprehensive work ever published: the Description de l’Egypte in 10 volumes with 837 copperplate engravings and more than 3,000 drawings. It was as though they were cataloguing the world’s richest museum covering three major themes with their work: "Antiquités", "Etat Moderne" and "Histoire Naturelle", the first two of which are reproduced fully in this special edition.

The author:
Gilles Néret (1933–2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Élie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dalí: I dipinti, Matisse and Erotica Universalis.

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Book Info
Subject Art
Author Gilles Néret
Series KO
Cover Softcover
Dimensions cm 14,0 x 19,5
Pages 752
Language/s english, french, german
Collection TASCHEN's 25th anniversary
Weight 1.34 kg
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