(Chalon-sur-Saône, 4 January 1747 - Paris, 27 April 1825), baron, is an outstanding figure in the world of arts in France at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. He was a draftsman, engraver, and author; he was a diplomat (undertook diplomatic missions for Louis XVI to Russia, Switzerland, and Naples), collector, and Director General of Museums, one of the organizers of the Napoleon Museum, today the Louvre Museum. He lived through many different regimes and met different famous people of the time, Diderot, Voltaire, Robespierre, Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte are among them.
See: Robert Lefèvre. Dominique-Vivant Denon with a Work by Poussin. Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. Portrait of Baron Vivant Denon (1747-1825).