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1875 Steel Engraving Emile Signol Bernard Crusade Louis VII Eleanor Vezelay XEA6

1875 Steel Engraving Emile Signol Bernard Crusade Louis VII Eleanor Vezelay XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white steel engraving of a painting by French artist Emile Signol (1804 _ 1892), which depicts Bernard of Claivaux preaching to the public about how beneficial a second crusade would be. Behind him, King Louis VII and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, listen intently. It was Pope Eugene III who instigated this crusade, and it was the first time a real king would lead it directly. Of course, the usual death and massacre followed.

CONDITION

This 136+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Small crease - bottom left corner. No natural defects.Light surface rub - right margin. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the upper left corner; as well as a small mark in the bottom right, just below the caption, which may difficult to see on the digital image.

  • Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches; 14 x 22 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by Signol, Emile. Artist name printed on page - bottom left of image.

Keywords specific to this image: religion, Christianity

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