|Original Artist||Léon Belly|
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(1827 Saint-Omer, France - 1877 Paris, France)
The French artist Leon Belly first traveled to the Near East in 1850 as part of an archeological expedition. He was only 22 years old yet he had the important job of rendering the ruins and landscapes they encountered. He would make his own journeys beginning in 1855 in which he spent a year in old Cairo before traveling to the Sinai desert. Later with artists such as Gerome he would explore the Nile valley. On these trips his personal style would evolve that emphasized the vastness of the landscape.
Like many who made the journey to the Holy Land he was spiritually changed. In his most famous work 'Pilgrims going to Mecca' he painted three figures representing Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus in the picture to illustrate the universality of religion.