Articles in Category: Avner Moriah

Moriah’s Illuminated Torah

Written on January 18, 2011

Gathering at Mount Sinai (2001), oil on canvas, 12’ X 12’ by Avner Moriah Courtesy Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

Avner Moriah, the well-known Israeli artist, has illuminated the Book of Genesis.  No small feat, he has conjured images for all the major narratives as well as alluding to other analogous stories throughout the Torah.   He sees the first book of Torah as nothing less than “a poem,” a minimalist text that yields an unending series of explorations of the mysteries and conundrums of the human condition.  While this is hardly the first nor largest of his explorations of biblical and Jewish narrative, it is easily the most ambitious.