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This is an original 1893 etching (individually hand-painted) of the interior of the Church of the Visitation in the ancient village of Ein Kerem (now within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem). Tradition identifies this village as the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. This Church is located over what is said to be the home of St. Elizabeth when the Blessed Virgin visited her.
Period Paper is pleased to offer an extraordinary and rare collection of original etchings of the Holy Land of Judea and Galilee. Created to document the history of the Franciscan missions in the Holy Land, these etchings provide an excellent historic visual record of the landscape, architecture, and people of Palestine and the Middle East. Each individually hand-painted etching (from a photograph) is mounted on a thick fiber board with a stunning decorative design lithographed in rich gold gilt. These museum-quality etchings are impossible to find anywhere.
Accompanying each original etching is a digital print (for reference) of the description of the image in English, Latin, French, Italian, and German. (Please see both images.)
This 118+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging in margins. No creases. No tears. No water damage. This 7 x 5 inch etching is mounted on its original fiber board measuring approx. 10.5 x 8 inches (note: there is printing on the reverse of the mounting board). The etching is in spectacular condition and would look stunning framed. (Please note that any aging in the outer margins is more pronounced in the digital image than on the actual item. In addition, the brilliant gold gilt appears dull brown in the digital image.)