The aquatint etchings of “The Arabic Alphabet” are thirty individual works of each letter. The set is beautifully complete and presented as one large work with the first etching in the series titled Allah and the remaining 29 representing the other letters. Each is embedded in the interior of a circle, like a calligraphic coat of arms, and uses a variety of approaches that creates a special style for the series. Influenced by mythological story of Cadmus, who spread the Phoenician alphabet to the Greeks, Madi’s work upholds the place of the Arabic language in history.
Ninty-nine editions were printed on paper that is 100% cotton, 300 grams, sized 30 x 24.4cm. The works come in a box with a canvas cover that is stamped with word “alphabet” in a special writing surmounting the signature of the artist which is also stamped. The set also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the prestigious art historian, Joseph Tarrab.