|Vivant Denon published the first drawing of the Zodiac in his Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte (Paris, 1802). Since the zodiac was on the ceiling of a dark chapel,
he had to lie on his back and draw by candlelight.
From the Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte
|Prosper Jollois and Edouard Devilliers were members of a surveying team who were
supposed to be studying irrigation techniques in Upper Egypt. When they learned
about the Zodiac from Denon, they visited Dendera and made a more careful
measured drawing of the artifact, which was later published in the Description de l'Égypte. The large figure on the right is Nut.
From Description de l'Égypte Antiquités, v. 4