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img740 The Lord smites the firstborn of Egypt, both men and beast (Exodus 12). At the bottom of the painting are the Egyptian harvest and the river Nile. From an article in Horizon Magazine, July 1961 issue. A fascinating glimpse at the work of a self taught artist, Shalom Moskovitz. For technical reasons, we have reproduced only 6 of the 7 works mentioned in the article.

img739Hopefully, we are still able to distinguish what goes by the name of “religious art” from the art which occupies the heart of the artist. Art, not used in a religious setting like as a church or synagogue per se. Not a “commissioned” artifact for any religious purpose at all, but a child like image, in this case of his or her inner world, free of constraints and free of the “rules of art“.

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Moses descends from Mount Sinai, which quakes and flames with the Lord’s presence, to his people waiting below.(Exodus 19-32)

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Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge, cover themselves and are expelled from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3)

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Wearing his coat of many colors, Joseph relates his dreams to his father Jacob and his jealous brothers (Genesis 37)

Coming next is perhaps one of the most important paintings in my opinion: the Tower of Babel.

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From the top of the Tower of Babel (Babylon seen at its foot) the Lord confounds the tongues of men (Genesis 11)

img746Noah, his sons and their wives, lead the birds and beasts in pairs, but for a single elephant into the Ark.

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