Size - (USA):
12 W x 9 H x 0 D (inches)
Size - (metric):
30.5 W x 22.9 H x 0.0 D (centimeters)
This etching depicts a Romanesque stone carving from the Cathedral of Saint Lazare in Autun, France. Di Falco based his work on a slide he photographed in 1987 to use in his art history lectures. He projected the slide directly onto blank white paper and created two individual drawings on which he adapted to his zinc-plate etching. The Cathedral of Saint Lazare houses several narratives sculpted in stone, each one a rare and captivating carving. The one pictured here shows the Three Kings of the Nativity story as they sleep together under the same blanket. One of the Magi—the king being touched by an angel’s finger—opens his eyes widely. The angel points the other hand’s index finger toward the Star Of Bethlehem. Feelings of visual anticipation and excitement fill this simplistic Romanesque-period carving, and Di Falco captures all this in his design of convoluted etched lines. The media includes French oil base etching ink and Pescia gray paper from Italy. The only etching process employed was the intaglio technique, and the plate required two baths in Nitric acid. The intimate image size measures only four inches wide by three inches high, and the paper was hand torn to a size of eight to nine inches wide by eight inches high. The work includes an archival mat and a frame that measures about nine by twelve inches. The price includes all shipment costs and packing materials. This etching will have five editions of five etchings per edition. This work is from the Second Edition, and is Print Number Two.
Magi, Nativity, Star Of Bethlehem, Three Kings, Autun, France, Romanesque, Cathedral, Original Printmaking, Christian Printmaking