Friday, October 20, 2006

Happy Jerusalem (Qods) Day! - part 3: Jerusalem in Islamic Art

After scouring the Internet, here is every picture of Jerusalem that I could find from Islamic sources before the 20th century:

And here are a very tiny number of the pictures of Jerusalem done in Jewish art:

Wall painting by Eliezer Zusman Katz in the synagogue of Unterlimberg, Germany, 1739 (extant)

Wall painting in the Nicolina Synagogue, Jasi, Romania. The building was destroyed a few days after the photograph was taken

This MIZRACH - SHIVITI is an early American papercut,made in the U.S.A. in 1861. The upper frame contains a gate, presumably that of the Temple in Jerusalem. It carries the inscriptions: "This is the gate to God", and above it, in two separate medallions, "I have set the Lord always before me." As a Mizrach, it would always be placed o the wall of the house facing Jerusalem.

The Second Temple in Jerusalem, wood-cut from the 19th century.

From the 1695 Amsterdam Haggadah, the Second Temple in Jerusalem.