Gwozdziec Set of 4 Prints

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Gwozdziec Set of 4 Prints

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Archival 9" x 12" Digital Prints

Various animals, both domestic and imaginary, fill almost half of the Gwozdziec Synagogue’s ceiling.  Although surprising today, animal symbolism was a central vehicle of artistic expression for the guild of Jewish painters who decorated the ceiling in 1729. The painting of these animal motifs was a direct continuation of medieval Ashkenazi (German Rhineland) liturgical and artistic traditions maintained by Eastern European, Polish Jews in memory of their former homeland. Rather than merely exotic decorative motifs, these elaborate animal paintings were duplicated in synagogues throughout Eastern Europe and symbolized traditional liturgical and ethical stories for their small town (shtetl) communities.

Description by Thomas Hubka, author of Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteen-Century Polish Synagogue.

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