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The Conference with the Angel Raphael
This is an original art print. It is 126 years old.
Artist: Gustave Dore
Type of Print: Original Antique Wood Engraving
Size of Paper: 9 3/4" x 12 1/2"
Size of Image: 7 3/4" x 9 3/4"
Printed in 1887 by Cassell Publishing
Printed on one side only; blank on the reverse. You will receive two sheets of paper; one is the art print and the other is the description.
Condition: Light signs of age. Yellowing around edges of paper. The image area is in excellent condition.
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More Information About the Print:
Raphael, visiting Adam and Eve in Paradise, to warn them of the consequences of disobedience (Eve having had an evil dream, foreshadowing her approaching temptation), joins them at their morning repast, and discourses of the nature of Heaven, and of the spirits inhabiting it. Adam addresses the angelic messenger in these words:
" Inhabitant with God, now know I well
Thy favour, in this honour done to man ;
Under whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsafed
To enter, and these earthly fruits to taste,
Food not of angels, yet accepted so
As that more willingly thou couldst not seem
At Heaven's high feasts to have led ; yet what compare?'
" To whom the winged Hierarch replied :
' O Adam, one Almighty is, from whom
All things proceed, and up to him return.
If not depraved from good ; created all
Such to perfection, one first matter all.
Endued with various forms, various degrees
Of substance, and, in things that live, of life;
But more refined, more spiritous and pure,
As nearer to him placed, or nearer tending.
Each in their several active spheres assign'd,
Till body up to spirit work, in bounds
Proportion'd to each kind.'
The most noticeable thing in the picture is the flood of early morning light in which it is bathed.