King Solomon in Old Age

Gustav Doré, King Solomon in Old Age, 1866, plate from La Grande Bible de Tours.

Gustave Doré was a French illustrator and engraver known primarily for the popular prints taken from his La Grande Bible de Tours. Doré and the artisans in his studios produced hundreds of different woodcuts illustrating scenes from a wide variety of biblical stories. These illustrations were first published in 1865 in France and then reprinted in the late 1860's in various German, English, and other editions. Because his fully-illustrated Bibles were heavy and expensive, many of the illustrations were printed to be sold separately or in smaller collections. His artistic style greatly influenced some of the early biblical films, especially those of D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille.

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