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This Taschen edition revives Prisse d’Avennes’s (1807-1879) comprehensive chromolithograph survey in all its attention to detail, as well as to historical, social, and religious contexts. And it includes his supplementary studies of the people and costumes of the Nile Valley, which he published as the Oriental Album (Oriental Album: Characters, Costumes, and Modes of Life, the Valley of the Nile, London, 1848). With a keen eye for the symmetry, opulence, and complexity of local visual cultures, d’Avennes recorded the art and architecture which he encountered on his travels.
His work would later become one of the most outstanding surveys on Islamic art and architecture, Arab Art (L’Art arabe d’après les monuments du Kaire), published between 1869 and 1877 in Paris. This is that work, with over 500 full color pages of amazing illustrations.
Émile Prisse d’Avennes, a French Orientalist, author, and artist, was one of the greatest pre-20th-century Egyptologists. As a youth he dreamed of exploring the Orient, and at 19 began traveling to Greece, India, and Palestine. Over the next 40 years he explored Syria, Arabia, Persia, and also spent periods living in Egypt and Algeria. Having converted to Islam, he traveled under the Arabic name Idris Effendi.
Text is in German, French and English.
- Additional Information
Item Code ORIAH Publisher Taschen Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9783836520249 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 6x8 # Pages 520pg Color Partial Color
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