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Dominique Vivant

French artist, writer, diplomat, author, and archaeologist

1747   -   1825

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
occupation: art historian, egyptologist, diplomat, travel writer, drawer, archaeologist, painter
award received: Officer of the Legion of Honour
position held: Directeur du musée du Louvre

Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon (4 January 1747 – 27 April 1825) was a French artist, writer, diplomat, author, and archaeologist. He was appointed as the first Director of the Louvre museum by Napoleon after the Egyptian campaign of 1798–1801, and is commemorated in the Denon Wing of the modern museum and in the Dominique-Vivant Denon Research Center. His two-volume Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte ("Journey in Lower and Upper Egypt"), 1802, was the foundation of modern Egyptology.
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