This original DiFalco etching is based on a photograph he took in 1987 and adapted it for etching by first executing three graphite drawings. He took the photo in the village of Rennes-le-Château, France, within the Church of Mary Magdalene. This mystical site’s fascinating history encompasses hidden treasure, conspiracy theories and the Cathars. Moreover, the building has been reconstructed several times, and the original church could date back to the 8th century. The narrative centers around a statue of Mary Magdalene holding a large wood cross and urn, probably filled with the expensive oil that she reputedly poured over Christ’s feet. What makes this statue unique is the skull that sits upon a book at Mary’s feet. The pages of this book contain a scribbled alphabet that resembled a cuneiform like code. The skull could represent Golgotha, John the Baptist, or the resurrection of Christ. According to Wikipedia, “. . . this original church was almost certainly in ruins by the 10th or 11th century, when another church was built upon the site—remnants of which can be seen in Romanesque pillared arcades on the north side of the apse. This survived in poor repair until the 19th century, when Bérenger Saunière. . .”, the local priest, renovated it. Di Falco employed the studio techniques of intaglio and aquatint. The work was created on a zinc plate developed in several Nitric acid baths. Drypoint was also employed. The media include oil base etching inks on RivesBFK white paper, both manufactured in France. The hand printed editions were made on a Charles Brand industrial printing press at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia. The price includes packing materials, frame, mat, mailing carton, and Certificate of Authenticity. This specific print is from the First Edition of Four editions, with each edition limited to only five etchings. This is print number two.
Mary Magdalene, Statue, France, Church, Archetecture, , Original Printmaking, Landmarks Printmaking