Civitavecchia by Edmond Casarella

Civitavecchia by Edmond Casarella

Civitavecchia

Edmond Casarella

Title

Civitavecchia

 
Artist
Year
1952  
Technique
Color paper cut relief 
Image Size
23 3/4 x 9 5/8"  
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
proof from an unstated edition 
Annotations
dated after the signature 
Reference
 
Paper
laid paper 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
NC188 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description
Civitaveccia (old city) is the principal port for Rome and central Italy and the main ferry link to Sardinia. The port was founded early in the 2nd century by the emperor Trajan on a stretch of coast known as Centumcellae. The town flourished during late Roman times, but it has been attacked and destroyed over the centuries. In the 9th century when the town was under attack, the people fled to the Allumiere Mountains, where a walled town was constructed by Pope Leo IV in 854. Later the inhabitants returned to the old site, hence the name Civitaveccia. With his color paper relief print, Casarella captured the essence of the architecture of this city with buildings stacked upon one another as they ascend the hillside overlooking the port. The verso of this impression is dark and shiny, an apparent result of transferring ink to paper by rubbing the pack of the paper with a spoon. 
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