"Last Refuge"—Château Montségur, France. Château Montségur (secure mountain) clings to a limestone peak in the Ariège Pyrenees. It is the site of one of the final events of the Albigensian Crusades, which was waged by the French crown and the Catholic Church against the heretical Cathar (“pure” in Greek) church. After refusing to recant, 207 Cathar believers were martyred on a pyre at the foot of the mountain on the morning of March 16, 1244. A funeral stele now in the Field of the Burnt Ones reads, “To those martyred in the name of pure Christian love.” The search for their “treasure” (the Holy Grail?) continues. The blood-red cliffs below the “Last Refuge” are topped by a menacing sky with a toxin-stained tonal mood, broken by the pure white upper clouds that seem to illuminate the cathedral of the “pure.” This image is printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag archival paper with an Epson 9800 printer using 3-K archival Ultrachrome inks. The mat is 4-ply, museum-quality, acid-free, unbuffered mat board. The image is printed in the following editions: 25 are 32 x 40 in. (mat size 40 x 48 in.) 50 are 19 x 24 in. (mat size 29 x 32 in.) 100 are 11 x 14 in. (mat size 17.5 x 20 in.) Click on INFORMATION to call or email for prices.

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