The Great Pyramid, Giza

Adrien Dauzats French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 804

Dauzats traveled to Egypt with a French diplomatic mission in 1830 and painted this striking view of the Great Pyramid soon after he returned to Paris. In his written account of the journey (Quinze jours au Sinaï, 1839, co-authored with Alexandre Dumas), the artist marveled at the "lizard-like" physical dexterity required to scramble over the ancient monument's massive stone blocks to reach the summit.

The Great Pyramid, Giza, Adrien Dauzats (French, Bordeaux 1804–1868 Paris), Oil on canvas

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