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Chagal Windows Israel

January 10

This small synagogue is at Hadassah Medical Centre in Israel. The arches contain famous stained glass windows by Chagal. This pic from 1964 was taken only 2 years after they were installed. Hadassah is a large medical complex, and campus. The role of art in healing is part of their philosophy hence the investment in a Chagal masterpiece. The windows depict the 12 tribes of Israel; go here to see what they look like from inside and at night, when illuminated.

I love the shapes in this image and the walking man. One of the challenges of the original was reducing the window reflections while keeping the detail of the stained glass sections. In the end a smooth, stylised look worked best for me as it got rid of all detail and left only the essentials – shape, colour and form.

Chagal-Windows-Israel-1964-after-smooth

 

Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Art objects, Church&religion, Man, Middle East

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