Bereshit’ by Yoram Raanan.
(photo credit: YORAM RAANAN)
Were you to lay your hand on Art of Revelation: A Visual Encounter with the Jewish Bible, and subsequently be taken by one of the works that illustrate the weighty new tome, the chances are you wouldn’t be able to acquire the original – not for love nor for money. The plain sad fact of it is, many of the paintings created by award-winning painter Yoram Raanan over the course of four decades no longer exist. They haven’t been snapped up and stashed away in some clandestine private collection, or in some subterranean museum vault, they have been burned to a cinder. That tragedy took place in November 2016, when a fire swept through Moshav Beit Meir in the Jerusalem Hills, and completely destroyed US-born, veteran Israeli Raanan’s studio with hundreds of canvases. Luckily, the Raanan home, located just a pebble’s throw from the studio, survived unscathed, but the painter had to start afresh. He rebuilt his studio, and got back to what he has been doing for more than 40 years: producing paintings, many of which address Jewish and biblical themes.