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 index finger—opens his eyes widely and suddenly. 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 convoluted design of etched lines and geometric patterns. The media includes the artist’s special color blend of four French, oil base etching inks. Fawn colored Stonehenge brand paper was employed to create this mysterious etching. The only etching process employed was intaglio, and the plate required two baths in Nitric acid. The intimate image size measures four inches wide by three inches high, and the paper was hand torn to a size of nine to ten 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 packing materials. This etching will have five editions of five etchings per edition, each edition printed in a different color of ink and paper combination. This etching is from the 4th Edition, and is numbered print One of Five. The last, or 5th, edition will be printed near the Autumn Equinox of 2019.
Magi, Three Kings, Star Ff Bethlehem, Nativity, Angel, Wings, Original Printmaking, New Age Printmaking