Jerusalem, Tombs of the Prophets by Max Pollak

Jerusalem, Tombs of the Prophets by Max Pollak

Jerusalem, Tombs of the Prophets

Max Pollak

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Title

Jerusalem, Tombs of the Prophets

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
color etching & aquatint 
Image Size
12 5/16 x 16 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
11 of 100  
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
cream Van Gelder Zonen laid with two watermarks: one is the words VAN GELDER ZONEN and the other is an elaborate crown with the letters VGZ Z 
State
Published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
DASL130 
Price
$1,800.00 
Description

The Tombs of the Prophets refers to an area in Jerusalem that hosts three of the oldest tombs in the Kidron Valley, carved into the Mount of Olives (or Mount Olivet). They include the Tomb of Zechariah (right), a monolith carved from the hillside that does not contain an actual tomb and is sometimes considered a nefesh (a representation of the soul) to accompany the adjacent catacombs; the Tomb of Benei Hezir (center), whose three entrances lead to a burial complex within the hillside; and the Tomb of Absalom, whose conical roof can be seen at left.

The Mount of Olives has been used as a burial ground for over 3,000 years and contains around 150,000 tombs on its slopes, as seen in this image. The temple structures are often compared to those of Petra, Jordan.

It's unclear when exactly Max Pollak would have created his images of Jerusalem. He had been living in the United States for a handful of years by the early 1930s, but, stylistically, his color aquatint images of Israel are similar to many works he created of New York, Cincinnati, Louisiana, and the San Francisco Bay Area, the majority of which were created between the late 1930s and the 1950s.

 
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