Statue Of Mary Magdalene
Size - (USA):
9 W x 12 H x 1 D (inches)
Size - (metric):
22.9 W x 30.5 H x 2.5 D (centimeters)
This original Di Falco artwork combines the genres of painting and printmaking through the employment of watercolors and gouache applied over an intaglio etching of a zinc plate. The artist based this one-of-a-kind work on a photo he shot in the French village of Rennes le Chateau within the Church of Mary Magdalene. This mystical site’s fascinating history includes tales of hidden treasure, theories about Mary Magdalene after Christ’s death, and the persecution of the Cathars. The original church dates back to the 8th century, and the narrative centers around a statue of Mary Magdalene holding a large wood cross and urn. 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 Berenger Sauniere”, the local priest, renovated it on hidden treasure that might have belonged to the Cathar sects.
France, Intaglio, Aquatint, Mary Magdalene, Bride Of Christ, Cave, Sea, Clouds, Long Hair, Original Printmaking, Mystical Printmaking