This combined work of printmaking and painting employed a DiFalco Artists Proof from his metal plate editions. As a result of the 2020 Pandemic, DiFalco was not allowed into his etching studio at Fleisher Art School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from March to October. Consequently, he began to enhance proofs from his earlier etchings with water based media. This original, one of a kind artwork ships to the buyer without a frame or mat in order to keep the original work’s price low. The zinc plate used for this etching measured seven-inches high by five-inches wide, 17.780cm by 12.700cm, which is also the image size. The print measures eleven inches high by ten inches wide.
Media include French etching ink on Rives BFK white paper enhanced by watercolors and gouache. This image is taken from a Pompeian mosaic, Collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, that is thousands of years old. It was uncovered in 1824 by the archaeologist Antonio Bonucci in a private home now identified as The House of the Tragic Poet, also referred to as The Homeric House or The Iliadic House. The villa, a representative Roman house from Pompeii in the 2nd century before Christ, is recognized for its intricate mosaic floors and frescoes that portray episodes from Greek folklore. The scene is a virtual meditation on mortality with such symbols as a grinning skull hanging in the balance from an A-frame, The Wheel of Life, and a butterfly. There are also references to the setting sun.
Pompeii, Skull, Mosaic, Intaglio, Watercolor, Original Mixed Media