Vivant Dominique Denon
(1747 - 1825)
Vivant Dominique Denon was active/lived in France. Vivant Denon is known for painting, drawing, archaeology, museum director.
Biography Vivant Dominique Denon
Dominique Vivant, Baron de Denon (4 January 1747-27 April 1825) was a French artist, writer, diplomat, author, and archaeologist. He was appointed first director of the Louvre Museum by Napoleon after the Egyptian campaign of 1798-1801.
Born at Givry, Saône-et-Loire, Vivant Denon was sent to Paris to study law, but he showed a decided preference for art and literature, and soon gave up his profession. In his twenty-third year he produced a comedy, Le Bon Pré, which obtained a succès d'estime, as he had already won a position in society by his agreeable manners and exceptional conversational powers. He became a favorite of Louis XV, who entrusted him with the collection and arrangement of a cabinet of medals and antique gems for Madam
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