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Claude Mellan : “The Sudarium of Saint Veronica” (1649)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Claude Mellan’s tour de force is one of the great achievements of printmaking. The entire print consists of a single engraved line. To begin, Mellan placed the point of his burin at the center of Christ’s nose and spiraled outward, swelling and tapering the line as needed to create this celebrated curiosity. His seemingly miraculous feat mirrors the very image it represents — the imprint of Christ’s face on Saint Veronica’s cloth, or sudarium. The inscription, which reads, “It is formed by one and no other,” alludes both to the power of the divine and to the virtuosity of Mellan’s masterful hand.

Credit Line: Text courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (CC BY 3.0).

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