Elizabeth Preston Schoyer
Napoleon's Collection green
2005
gouache
32x41"
Napoleon's invasion of Egypt included 500 civilians who were charged with recording "the cradle of the science and art of all humanity", as Napoleon said. They traversed a country at war under stifling heat, documenting the arts, architecture flora and fauna. These images incited a craving for culture and exploration and a pillaging of ancient remains along the Nile.

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