According to legend, Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is where Mary Magdalene, Mary, (aunt of Jesus and mother of James the Lesser), Mary Salome (mother of James the Greater of Compostela), Sara, the black Eqyptian servant, and others arrived by boat from Palestine. Sara is venerated by the Gypsies in the crypt of the Church of Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, where they elect their Queen. The rejected Gypsies refer to Sara as Sara-la-Kali, invoking their origin in India. Another view ascribes her origins to Isis of Egypt or to the Gnostics of Alexandria. Mary Magdalene, who was present at the crucifixion, was the favored disciple of Jesus. According to one view (see The Holy Blood, The Holy Grail), she was also the mother of Jesus’ heir. This “hidden” fact accounts for the devotion to her representative, the Black Madonna.

The image was photographed in 1999 in Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France, in 35mm format under available light conditions using high-speed transparency film. It 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: 50 are 20 x 16 in. (mat size 32 x 29 in.); 100 are 14 x 11 in. (mat size 20 x 17.5 in.) Click on INFORMATION to call or email for prices.