This intaglio and aquatint etching was inspired by an engraving by Philips Galle c. 1585-1590 , who was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands. DiFalco employed a zinc plate that was etched in three Nitric acid baths moreover, the plate measured six inches high by nine inches wide, or 15.240 cm x 22.860 cm. The print size is eleven inches wide by fifteen inches high, or 27.940 cm x 38.100 cm, and the frame in which it ships measures about twelve inches wide by sixteen inches high 30.480 cm x 40.640 cm. Media included: a blend of colored, oil base inks Charbonnel Brand, from Paris heavy RivesBFK white printmaking paper from France and, a Thai mulberry bark paper that was infused with Japanese kozo threads and hand-treated with home-made methyl cellulose. A description of the Chine colle process is included at the end of this text.
The representational etching depicts the Goddess Diana probably from Ephesus, which is currently in Turkey, south of Izmir. She has six breasts and her body’s bottom section is composed of a plinth resplendent with numerous animal heads. She holds a bird in one hand and a torch in the other, which represent the cosmic elements of air and fire. Fruit and a water-filled urn, both at her feet, symbolize the elements of earth and water. The Galle engraving is part of the collection at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to refer to this print, use the URL: http: hdl. handle. net 10934 RM0001. COLLECT.417298
The Temple of Diana in Ephesus was considered of the seven wonders of ancient times. She represented both the virginal goddess of nature, as well as of “The Hunt” she was considered the Maiden, Mother, and Crone in the guise of her personae. Her dress is composed of animals, and her breasts were symbols of fertility as represented by bulls testicles. . . for fertility .
DiFalco’s etching was hand printed and published by the artist at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of Fleisher Art School’s Open Studio In Printmaking. This is from the FIRST EDITION OF FOUR, and each edition is limited to just five etchings. THIS PRICE INCLUDES: THE MATTED ETCHING IN AN ARCHIVAL MAT FRAME ALL HANDLING COSTS ALL SHIPMENT COSTS CARDBOARD SHIPMENT CARTON BUBBLE WRAP OTHER PACKING MATERIALS AND, A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. The work is wired and ready to hang in addition, the framing includes a brown, craft-paper backing. A wall hook and nail are included.
An Explanation of the Chine Colle Process: Methylcellulose powder is reconstituted with spring water and then applied to mulberry bark paper from Thailand, Brand Unryu. The treated paper is then allowed to dry overnight, and I cut it exactly to fit the plate areas where I want certain color areas to exist in the print. I create the stencils from heavy-duty acetate and then trace the number of pieces needed to place on the inked and wiped etching plate. The printing paper is then placed over the zinc plate, which is now on the press bed, and then covered with blankets. The manual printing process continues, and I turn the operating wheel that moves the bed. Next I remove the blankets and lift the paper the printed etching with the cut mulberry bark papers now a permanent part of the etching. A multi-colored image on paper results. This hand done process is difficult and time consuming, but well worth the efforts.
Intaglio, Goddess, Dianna, Mother Nature, Pagan, Ancient History, Witchcraft, Wicca, Original Printmaking, Spiritual Printmaking