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Rare Scenes of Israel

A stunning look at the Land of Israel by one of the first artists to capture it on canvas

David Roberts was the son of a cobbler from Edinburgh, Scotland. Like many artists of his time, Roberts traveled the world to capture distant and exotic scenes. After a time in Spain and Morocco, he traveled to the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in 1838, and was one of the first painters to document landscapes of the Land of Israel. In his travels around Egypt, Petra, Sinai and Israel, Roberts drew 272 sketches from which he produced his moving oil paintings. One sunny day in 1839, the artist saddled his horse and headed east from Cana, where Jesus performed…