The Church of All Nations was built by the Franciscans between 1919 and 1924 on the relics of an ancient Byzantine church next to the Garden of Gethsemane. ‘Gethsemane’ is derived from the Aramaic word for ‘olive press’ as the garden has many olive trees, eight of them thought to date back to the time of Jesus. It is believed that it was in this garden that Jesus wept and was betrayed by Judas, scenes that are represented in the mosaic floor of the church. This canvas print is a reproduction of an original pencil drawing.
Medium: Black and white print on canvas ready for framing or stretching
Size: Large (33 x 53 cm/12.9 x 20.8 in) or Small (22 x 33 cm/8.6 x 12.9 in)
Shehab was born on Chain Street in the Old City of Jerusalem and enrolled at the Artists’ House in Jerusalem at the age of 17. He also studied art in Austria and France. In 1984 he started a project to record images of the streets, alleys and landmarks of Jerusalem in past times in the form of pencil drawings. Using old photographs or prints as a guide, he takes us back in time to key sites and daily life in the Old City in an attempt to narrate and document a forgotten past. Shehab’s pictures stand out for their minute detail and his ability to use the pencil to create various shades of grey like a musical mosaic. In recent years he has added vistas of the modern Jerusalem skyline to his collection.