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Printmaking: Aquatint, Etching, Oil, Ink, Graphite on Paper, Other, Glass, Wood.
This first edition of four is limited to an intimate number of only FOUR original etchings per edition. Three additional editions in other color ink and paper combinations were also published. The original etching—a vertical diptych—was executed on two zinc plates each measuring six-inches high by nine-inches wide, or 15.240cm by 22.860cm. This makes the printed image slightly larger than twelve inches high by nine inches wide, or 30.480cm by 22.860. Five colors of oil-based, French inks were employed and Stonehenge cream colored paper. A mulberry-bark paper from Thailand—used in the Chine collé process—contained Japanese kozo threads. The actual print measures about seventeen inches high by fifteen inches wide, or 43.180cm by 38.100cm. The artist hand-printed all editions on a floor STRAND brand press.
STORY ABOUT THE IMAGE: The Italian town of Orvieto contains numerous willowy medieval alleyways. One can stroll back into time here and find the most astounding façades. The cathedral soars seven stories into the sky and was designed by Lorenzo Maitani, who initiated construction in 1300 A.D. The structure was completed over 100 years later. An amazing contrast exists between the building’s over-elaborate façade and the simplistic design of the oblong interior of the structure. The horizontal stripes of black and white marble and the external niches all imply that Arnolfo di Cambio, the Florentine architect, designed the plans.
The church hosts a delicately carved rose window on the façade surrounded by framed marble busts and life-sized sculptures, all in gothic niches. Painted and sculpted scenes of Genesis and the “Divine Comedy” decorate the building. Luca Signorelli created bone-chilling paintings throughout the cathedral and was influenced by the apocalypse-preaching zealot Savonarola—who was also burned on the stake as a heretic. Some claim that Savonarola's execution was witnessed by Signorelli and influenced the artist’s painted images of demons, fallen angels, and tortured sinners.
THIS PRICE INCLUDES: THE MATTED ETCHING IN AN ARCHIVAL MAT; A FRAME (18 inch x 24 inch, Type – Glass & Wood Edge / Semi-Ornate Style, Color - Gold); ALL HANDLING COSTS; SHIPMENT COSTS; CARDBOARD SHIPMENT CARTON; BUBBLE WRAP & OTHER PACKING MATERIALS; AND, A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. The work is wired and ready to hang. Framing includes a brown craft paper backing. A wall hook and nail are included. The SAATCHI price includes all regular, domestic (US) shipment costs.
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