Jewish Art has been a form of religious, aesthetic, figurative and representational expression of Jewish culture from the biblical age. Their ancestors have often used different objects to create art that in some or the other way depicted the lifestyles of times in which they lived. The Jewish religious paintings go back to the times of Bezalel, who was considered God’s commissioner to create an earthly dwelling for the latter.
Jewish art can be found in a lot of forms like folk art, religious paintings, ritual dance, paper cuts, sculptures, and more. With time, Judaism imprinted itself around the globe with the help of art and its culture.
Jewish paintings depict ancient truths from their culture as art. They’re original pieces that reveal the depth of Judaism and Jewish life. Apart from pictures, their art has also encouraged handicrafts and fine arts. It shows that Jews were always in favor of the creation of religious, beautiful, and sacred items.
The ideas that make up the basic idea for most of the Jewish religion that God and His presence are eternal. It is protective as well and will always remain so.
Isn’t that thought beautiful?
Such an infusion of thoughts makes Jewish art real and eternal.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the famous Jewish paintings, one of the most authentic Jewish religious paintings to be ever painted!
The Moses’ Ten Commandments painting by Rembrandt
This painting is not only marvelous to look at but is one of the most magnificent Jewish art ever known! It is the picture of Moses bringing down the Ten Commandments from the Mount Sinai. The artwork is so detailed; it corrects one of the sculptural mistakes made by Michelangelo. Moreover, Moses’ face draws sympathy and brings you closer to Rembrandt’s piece of art. For those who haven’t seen it, this Jewish painting is exquisite to look at! There’s something so unusual about it yet so familiar.
b.Jews praying on Yom Kippur in the Synagogue
Painted by Maurycy Gottlieb, it shows Jews offering prayers on one of the holiest days of the Jewish culture at Synagogue in the middle of Yom Kippur. When we say Yom Kippur, it means the day of repentance for the Jews. It is when they offer prayers and repent for the sins they’ve committed. Gottlieb has captured this moment in a piece of art so beautifully! It is indeed one of the most contemporary Jewish religious paintings.
Despite the somber tones used in the paintings, these are one of the purest forms of Judaism art ever known. They have helped the world get a peek into the Jewish culture, and that’s what art stands for.
Jewish art has seen some tough times in ancient times as the religious communities were not in its favor as they were of the opinion that technique would be used for idolatry purposes. In spite of that, artists continued flourishing, and now, Jewish religious paintings are one of the most sold forms of art in the entire world.
We know some of the iconic painters, Diego Velazquez, Camille Pissarro, Diego Rivera, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, and Alexander Bogen.
To conclude, artistic creativity has been known as God’s attribute in the Bible. So, if humans create art for the Lord to see, Jews see nothing wrong in it. Moreover, humans creating representations of their world is just a cultural manifestation, and that is how Jews have handed over Judaism to the world as a whole.
Jewish religious pictures bring you close to Judaism’s way of life and the way they saw God. Despite restrictions of no idolatry practices, Jewish art has flourished well and is here to stay.