Holy Land: Yesterday and Today

Holy Land: Yesterday and Today

by David Roberts, Fabio Bourbon, Antonio Attini
     
 

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During the first months of 1839, David Roberts toured the Sinai Peninsula, Petra, Jerusalem, Palestine, the coasts of Lebanon, and Baalbec, returning to England to produce a series of moving and delightful lithographs detailing the region's splendors.

As with the companion volume, Egypt: Yesterday and Today, this oversized, full-color volume contains the

Overview

During the first months of 1839, David Roberts toured the Sinai Peninsula, Petra, Jerusalem, Palestine, the coasts of Lebanon, and Baalbec, returning to England to produce a series of moving and delightful lithographs detailing the region's splendors.

As with the companion volume, Egypt: Yesterday and Today, this oversized, full-color volume contains the original plates of the first edition, arranged for the first time in chronological order, with commentary and extracts from Roberts' journal.

Each illustration by Roberts, moreover, is paired with a photograph that depicts the same subject and setting more than a century and a half later.

The Holy Land offers an unforgettable taste of Roberts' technical and artistic virtuosity. This is a stirring form of time travel, in search of new, yet ancient, discoveries in one of the most fascinating regions on the face of our planet.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This magnificent, large-format album reproduces in jewel-like color the 123 lithographs resulting from an 1839 journey of Scottish landscape artist David Roberts (1796-1864) through Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Picturesque yet precisely detailed, these often breathtaking lithographs were made from Roberts's travel sketches by Belgian artist Louis Haghe between 1842 and 1849. The lithographs conjure the Holy Land as both a crossroads of civilization and a place where time stands still. Roberts recorded settings connected to the Bible, including Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and Mount Sinai. He also captured realistic views of monasteries, Bedouin sheiks and places like the ancient Lebanese port of Tyre and the spectacular Syrian city of Baalbec, with its Roman ruins. With each plate comes commentary by Italian journalist Bourbon, a brief excerpt from Roberts's travel journals and a contemporary photograph of the site taken by photojournalist Attini, revealing astonishing continuities over a century and a half. (Aug.)
Booknews
Biographical notes on acclaimed 19th-century Scottish artist David Roberts and excerpts from his diaries are nearly eclipsed by the 120 color, mostly full page lithographic plates of sketches of his 1839 Middle East sojourn. Fabio Bourbon's introduction notes that this is the first time these original plates from their 1842-49 publication are exhibited in their proper chronological order. Pairing these lushly hued vistas of such biblical locales as Jerusalem, Haifa, Bethlehem, and Petra with the same views photographed in the 1990s by Antonio Attini, reveals how superbly Roberts rendered these awe-inspiring landscapes<-->despite some modern encroachments. No index. 10x14<"> Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556704628
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 14.30(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID ROBERTS (17961864) was one of the most acclaimed landscape painters of his time. He made an extended trip to Egypt and the Holy Land in 183839, during which he made the series of drawings that brought him lasting fame

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