"Jesus in Israeli Art" on view at the Israel Museum
Marc Chagall, Yellow Crucifixion, 1942.
ISRAEL---The exhibition "Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art" opens with Chagall’s Yellow Crucifixion, painted at the height of World War II. The work depicts Jesus with a Christian martyr's halo, but also with tefilin (phylacteries) on his arm and head, as a symbol of Jewish suffering. Sigalit Landau’s video work marks the end of the exhibition where the artist stands on a watermelon, submerged in the Dead Sea – alluding to the description of Mary, mother of Jesus, standing on the earth. In other works, Jesus’ figure was used to convey cutting, political statements. [link]