•Title: Bethany. (plate #117) (Title in 5 languages; English, French, Italian, Spanish, German)
•Print size (inches): 9.2 x 12
•Image size (inches): 5.9 x 8.4
•Print size (cm): 23.5 x 30.6
•Image size (cm): 15 x 21.2
•Provenance: Picturesque Palestine Arabia And Syria
•Publisher: Brentano's Publishers: New York
This high quality 90 year old photogravure plate comes from a collection of fine art photography by Karl Grober and others, published by Brentano's Publishing in 1925. Please note that there is a gravure on the reverse as well. Very good condition, ready for framing! Free USA shipping.
A photogravure, or "gravure", is a photographic image produced from a copper engraving plate. The process is rarely used today due to the high costs involved, but it produces prints which have the subtlety of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph.
Bethany, or Beit-Anyah, in the Bible, was the name of a village near Jerusalem—see Bethany (biblical village)—mentioned in the New Testament as the home of the siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, and, according to the Gospel of John, the site of a miracle in which Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This village is commonly identified with the present-day West Bank city of al-Eizariya ("place of Lazarus"), located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Jerusalem on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. During the Crusades, al-Eizariya was still referred to as Bethany by Christians.
The Raising of Lazarus episode, shortly before Jesus enters Jerusalem for the last time, takes place in Bethany. Bethany near the River Jordan in John 1:28 might refer to a town further north in Perea, i.e. Bethabara; or it might refer to the more northerly territory of Batanaea.