Rudolph van Empel graduated Cum Laude from the Academie St. Joost, Breda (1976–1981) as a graphic designer. In the mid-nineties, he decided to develop himself further as a visual artist. His international breakthrough came with his series of works entitled World, Moon, Venus (2005–2008). These were first exhibited , in the George Eastman House. Van Empel constructs his works through staged photography, digital enhancement and collage.
Copper Replacement Agate cabachon : Many of the larger copper agates are too fractured from the mining process to cut a cabachon. This magnificent one wasn't. The dark inclusion in the upper center appears to be dense plumes of tenorite, the black copper oxide.