Item description for The Holy Land: Yesterday and Today by David Roberts, Fabio Bourbon & Antonio Attini...
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.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 10.25" Height: 13.75" Weight: 5.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1998
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774243919 ISBN13 9789774243912
Availability 0 units.
More About David Roberts, Fabio Bourbon & Antonio Attini
David Roberts, Reader in German at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is coeditor of the journal "Thesis Eleven," He is the author of "The Indirections of Desire: Hamlet in Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister"" (1980) and other books.
David Roberts currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts. David Roberts was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Holy Land: Yesterday and Today?
A look into the past May 29, 2008
What a terrific book. The paintings (and photos) follow the artistic journey of David Roberts from Suez to north of Jerusalem. There are notes and a kind of traveling journal from the original expedition supplied on each page with allows you to follow along in the author's footsteps. Robert's paintings are displayed very large. The book itself is really big (10 or 11 inches tall) and the paintings are either displayed going across two pages or 1 page and 1/2 with notes on the side and a smaller picture of the present day location. The paper is thick and glossy and the book is put together very well. As for the paintings themselves, they are spectacular. I was trying to find some reference material for biblical stories and to get a sense of the land and location of say, Mt. Sinai where God gave Moses the law. and this book does a great job with that. It also gives you an idea of how the land has weathered in the plus 100 years since these paintings were made. All in all this is an amazing artistic reference and a wonderful buy.
Terrible Production Major Disappointment Feb 10, 2007
I ordered both volumes, "Egypt, Yesterday and Today" and "The Holy Land, Yesterday and Today". Nothing could have ever destroyed the beauty of David Roberts work as this aweful production. Most plates are printed on two opposite pages in such a way that disrupts the sweeping landscape effect intended by Roberts. A third grade student could have seen that printing the book sideways in a landscape fashion would have allowed each plate to be reproduced on one page as in integral display exactly the way that Roberts intended it to be, with the text recent photograph on the opposite page.
It is fascinating how stupidity and terrible production can destroy magnificent artwork.
A magnificent book, of a special artist Jan 23, 1999
This book pairs gorgeous lithographs made by David Roberts circa 1800 with photos of the sites as they appear today. Another volume "Jerusalem and the Holy Land Rediscovered : The Prints of David Roberts (1796-1864)" has somewhat better and larger reproductions of the lithographs, but lacks the photos. Personally, I think the photos are interesting, but "Jerusalem and the Holy Land Rediscovered : The Prints of David Roberts (1796-1864)" does a somewhat better job of capturing the magic of David Roberts.