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Pyramids Of El-Geezeh (from the Southwest) by Francis Frith

Pyramids Of El-Geezeh (from the Southwest), 1865

Francis Frith

This photograph is considered one of the most sumptuous images ever made of Egyptian pyramids. It’s as if we’re standing behind the people sitting on the sand, overlooking the majestic scene. A tiny horse grazes far below, providing scale. But it’s the pyramids that command attention — monumental, damaged yet solid, constructed from a seemingly infinite number of stone blocks.

The artist wrote, “The day and hour in a man’s life upon which he first obtains a view of ‘The Pyramids’ is a time to date from for many a year to come; he is approaching, as it were, the presence of an immortality...the most majestic mystery ever created by man.”

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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