Islamic Art in Cairo: From the 7th to the 18th Centuries

Islamic Art in Cairo: From the 7th to the 18th Centuries


By (author) Prisse D'Avennes, Introduction by George T. Scanlon

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 236mm x 15mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 977416119X
  • ISBN 13: 9789774161193
  • Illustrations note: 153 colour, 153 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 855,168

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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."

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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.