Behold the icon

The Israel Museum puts Jesus in the spotlight, but with a largely local slant, in an exhibition of 150 works by 40 artists, including Reuven Rubin, Marc Chagall and Moshe Castel.

February 2, 2017 15:38
The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum puts Jesus in the spotlight. (photo credit: ELIE POSNER)


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It seems there is no more iconic image than Jesus, with or without the cross. In one of the most interesting current exhibitions “Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art”, (running until April 22), the Israel Museum has placed this central figure firmly in the spotlight, but with a largely local slant.

Outgoing museum director James Snyder noted that the prevalence of Jesus’s image in art, across the ages, is evidence that “these works transcend time, place, culture, and even religion, revealing the universal impulse to define one’s own identity by appropriating symbols from collective world history.”


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