Monday, October 24, 2011

A house like a museum

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I want to share with you more of our once-a-year chance to see inside the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem.
Click on the photos to have an up-close look at the art.


Reuven Rubin created the stained glass triptych.
It shows Jacob wrestling with the angel, David entering Jerusalem, and Elijah ascending to heaven.
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For the Sukkot open house an exhibit was set up, with art made by special needs people.
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The 64 square ceiling panels by Naphtali Bezem tell the story of the return to the Land of Israel.
Just recently they were carefully taken to the Israel Museum to be cleaned of the dust, grime, and smoke that had accumulated since 1971.



Elijah in his chariot of fire pulled by red horses is fabulous!

On another wall of the reception hall is a massive relief that looks like the Western Wall.
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Jerusalem-born artist Moshe Castel died in 1991 and the New York Times wrote this about him:

From the 1950's on, he produced relief paintings, inspired by what he called "ancient predecessors of the Hebrew civilization." A visit to the ruins of an ancient synagogue in Galilee, consisting of basalt blocks into which images and ornaments were cut, led him to use ground basalt, molded into shapes, as his basic material. He embellished the basalt with archaic forms, derived from ancient script, symbolism and mythological signs from Hebrew and Sumerian culture.

Hope you enjoyed your tour for Our World Tuesday. More posts about President Peres' official residence are here.

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13 comments:

J Bar said...

Beautiful.
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eileeninmd said...

The stained glass artwork is beautiful. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing your world.

Roberto Machado Alves said...

It seems to be a beautiful place to know.

Greetings from Roberto

Dianne said...

Thank you for our glimpse into your world with those exquisite glass windows and painted ceilings in the Presidential residence - This is the first time I have seen photos of the inside of this amazing building. Beautiful!

Theanne and Baron said...

I'm a big fan of stained glass so the stained glass triptych entranced me...so beautiful, so full of meaning! I'm impressed by the showing of art work by special needs children...did you take any photos of their art? Lovely photos of different artistic creations! Thanks for sharing Dina!

Kay L. Davies said...

A wonderful tour, Dina. I enjoyed it very much.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Hels said...

I am besotted with Reuven Rubin's paintings but I had no idea he designed this stained glass triptych. I haven't even seen it reproduced in any of the art books that I have on Rubin.

Wouldn't you love it in your home?

cieldequimper said...

I have just discovered a new artist, thanks. These are fantastic. The red horses remind me of Chagall a little bit.

Karl said...

Great artwork, interesting tour, Dina.

Robin said...

Such beautiful pieces, what a treat to see them!

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Irina said...

The art is amazing and so beautiful.

VP said...

The stained glass is spectacular, but the Western Wall thing not even close to the original...

Rob and Mandy said...

Quite amazing. Do I recognize a hint of Chagall???