Damascus Gate, Jerusalem

David Pearce

Media: Watercolor
Dimensions: 14.25 x 15.75 x 1.5
Retail Price: 650
Description: I was U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem from 2003-2005 and have many old photos of the city. One favorite image is a stereo card in the Keystone "Palestine" set, which shows a view of the Damascus Gate in the city's north wall. The shot was evidently taken from a rooftop opposite the gate, looking down, not an easy setup 120 years ago when the image was made. The structures in the foreground are no longer there. I decided to do this watercolor from that old stereo shot, not only to remember how things once were, but also to remind myself of many enjoyable walks in the Old City. Unfortunately, Jerusalem is often in the news as a focal point for conflict (not new -- the medieval Arab geographer al-Muqaddasi called it a "golden bowl full of scorpions"). But it is important to remember that it is also a place of immense beauty and meaning for all faiths, and that is what I sought to convey here.