Full Title is, “The Civil War’s Sunrise of Isis, Madrid”
THE PRICE OF THIS ETCHING INCLUDES A BLACK PAINTED WOOD FRAME WITH GLASS AND ACID FREE MAT. THE FRAME MEASURES 14 INCHES HIGH BY 11 INCHES WIDE. THE WHITE MAT CONTAINS A BLACK INNER TRIMMED EDGE. THE ARTWORK ARRIVES WIRED AND READY TO HANG ON YOUR WALL, AND A WALL HOOK AND NAIL ARE INCLUDED. This artwork, inspired by a 1990 photograph taken in Madrid by Jerry Di Falco, was executed on an 8 inch high by 10 inch wide, 20.320cm x 25.400cm, zinc plate. Di Falco hand printed the etching in 2017 at The Center For Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. RivesBFK white paper was used. This Limited Edition print is from the SECOND EDITION of FOUR, and, each Edition is limited to only five etchings. The techniques of INTAGIO, AQUATINT, CHINE COLLÉ, and DRYPOINT were employed and, seven separate nitric acid baths were needed before Di Falco arrived at his desired design. The multifarious story behind this Madrid scene involves the Egyptian Temple of Debod, which was donated to Spain in 1968. In the 6th century CE, and following Nubia’s conversion to Christianity, the temple was sealed off and abandoned. Now the Temple of Debod is located in the Spanish capital’s Parque de Oeste near the Royal Palace. It opened to the public in 1972 and has Madrid’s best sunrise view. The following explanation outlines Di Falco’s Chine colle, or Chinese Pasting, technique. Methylcellulose powder is reconstituted with spring water and applied to hand dyed mulberry bark paper from Thailand. In Japan, Unryu translates as CLOUD DRAGON paper because it has long swirling threads of kozo fibers integrated in it, thereby giving the texture and visual effect of clouds. Kozo fibers come the branches of the kozo bush, specifically the innermost of three layers of bark, which must be removed, cooked, and beaten before the sheets are formed. Kozo is harvested annually. The treated Thai paper is then allowed to dry overnight and then cut to fit the plate areas where color is desired in the finished print. These stenciled mulberry-bark papers are first dampened and placed upon the already inked and wiped etching plate. The printing process continues, and a multi colored image on paper results.