Tacita Dean

Study for Quarantania, 2018

Tacita Dean conceived the multi-colour photogravure Study for Quarantania in conjunction with her largescale print project Quarantania, created specifically for her 2018 exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. The print is published in an edition of 36.

The mountainscape depicted in Study for Quarantania is Jebel Quarantul or the Mount of Temptation, the ‘high place’ referenced in the Bible where Jesus was taken by the devil and offered dominion over ‘all the kingdoms of the world’ if he fell down and worshipped Satan. The name is derived from the Latin word for forty, the number of days Christ fasted in the wilderness.

Tacita Dean frequently uses vintage photographs to compose unlikely imaginary landscapes as photogravure works. Study for Quarantania shows the Mount of Temptation from a different perspective than the large-scale photogravure it relates to. One of the most striking features of both works is the unusually excessive use of colour, which becomes even more apparent in Study for Quarantania. It emphasizes the remarkable details in the protruding and receding stone formations and adds a psychedelic, almost supernatural glow that seems to emerge from within the mountain.

Print technique
Somerset 300g
Paper size 53 x 86 cm – Plate size 40 x 74.5 cm
Edition of 36
Registration no
TaD 18 002-1
Printed by Julie Dam, Thomas Jennions
Published by BORCH Editions

Signed and numbered by the artist

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