In this special hand printed etching, DiFalco combines the studio techniques of intaglio and drypoint. The size of the zinc etching plate used was nine inches wide by six inches high, or 22.86cm x 15.24cm, and it required six individual baths in Nitric acid to reach the final design. The print or paper size is 11 inches high by fifteen inches wide, or 27.94cm x 38.10cm, and the frame in which it comes measures about sixteen inches wide by twelve inches high, 40.64cm x 30.48cm. DiFalco’s media included oil base etching ink and STONEHENGE cream paper. The etching, based on original drawings by the artist, used a friend’s photo that was taken in southeastern Turkey. This is the THIRD edition of five etchings. Di Falco printed the works on an industrial, floor model Charles Brand printing press at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this first edition, each etching contains seven individually cut pieces of Treated mulberry bark paper. The scene, which is located near the 12,000 year old prehistoric site of Gobekil Tepe, depicts a religious temple built by Antiochus I between 64 to 36 BCE. It is believed that he intended his burial to take place here on Mount Nemrut. Antiochus observed a form of astrology based on the writings of Hermes Trismegistus and believed in a combination of gods from Armenia, Greece, and Persia. It is believed that an earthquake decapitated the heads, pictured in the foreground, from their bodies atop the mount. The soil and temperatures of Turkey preserved these ruins in an almost perfect state. This entire area of Turkey is inundated with historic mysteries that predate Stonehenge by 6,000 years. The price includes a Certificate of Authenticity, the artwork, an archival mat, a frame, handling, and packaging materials.
Turkish, Archaeology, Roman Ruins, Antiochus, Pagan Idols, Original Printmaking