Denon, Dominique Vivant, Baron

Denon, Dominique Vivant, Baron

▪ French artist
born January 4, 1747, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
died April 27, 1825, Paris

      French artist, archaeologist, and museum official who played an important role in the development of the Louvre (Louvre Museum) collection.

      Denon studied law in Paris but turned to the theatre, writing a successful comedy at age 23. He drew and painted and was commissioned by Louis XV to arrange a cabinet of carved gems. Between 1772 and 1787 he carried out diplomatic missions to Russia, Naples, and Switzerland; in Naples he etched portraits and collected works of art. In 1787 he became a member of the Académie Royale de Peinture.

      During the French Revolution he returned to Paris, where he was protected by his friend the painter Jacques-Louis David (David, Jacques-Louis). In 1798 he accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I) on the latter's expedition to Egypt and there made numerous sketches of the ancient monuments, sometimes under the very fire of the enemy. The results were published in his Travels in Lower and Upper Egypt (1802). In 1804 Napoleon made Denon director general of museums, a post he retained until 1815. In this capacity he accompanied the emperor on his expeditions to Austria, Spain, and Poland and advised him in his choice of works of art to pillage from the various conquered countries. Most of these works ultimately reached the Louvre.

      After Denon became acquainted with the work of Alois Senefelder (Senefelder, Alois), the inventor of lithography, he was one of the first artists to introduce lithography into France. His first extant lithograph is dated September 1809. His unfinished but admirably illustrated history of art was published posthumously in four volumes in 1829 under the title Monuments of the Arts of Design Among Peoples as Much Ancient as Modern.

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