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1937 Notre Dame Paris Portal St Anne Childebert Bishop - ORIGINAL CH2

1937 Notre Dame Paris Portal St Anne Childebert Bishop - ORIGINAL CH2

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This is an original 1937 photogravure of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral (Our Lady of Paris) in France (République Francaise). Shown in the photogravure is the right portal on the western facade of the building. The portal is known as the "Portal of Saint Anne", and was the first built of all portals. Mother Mary and Jesus are in the center of the tympanum in a Romanesque style. Gathered around the couple are angels, a king of France, and a bishop of Paris. The king is speculated to be Childebert, and the bishop, Saint Germain. The cathedral was one of the first in the world to utilize flying buttresses, and is considered one of the best examples of European Gothic architecture. The cathedral was completed around 1345, but was unfortunately desecrated during the French Revolution. It was reconstructed in the 19th century by Eugène Violett-le-Duc. The photographer of this image is Dr. Martin HŸrlimann.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of photogravures of some of the most famous Gothic cathedrals of France: Notre Dame Cathedral (Notre Dame de Paris); Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (CathŽdrale Notre-Dame de Chartres); Amiens Cathedral (French: CathŽdrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens); and Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims). These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.

The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate--an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch--the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.


This 74+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Grayscale
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7.25 x 10 inches; 18 x 25 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)

Keywords specific to this image: Faith, Spirituality, Throne, Scepter, Crown, Jesus, Christianity, Catholicism, Catholic