The Art of Avner Moriah: A Visual Journey Through the Biblical Text

Brit Bein HaBetarim [The covenant between God and Abraham] © Avner Moriah
November 2, 2017

On Thursday, November 9, from 4:00-6:30 PM in the Sterling Memorial Library International Room, the Israeli painter and book artist Avner Moriah MFA ‘83 gave a talk about his project "Creating an illuminated Torah" (the first five books of the Bible). He has already completed the first 2 books, Genesis and Exodus, and is on the way to completing the third, Leviticus. In this talk, he shared his process to visualize the texts in a meaningful way and contribute to the ancient tradition of illuminated texts. 

Moriah has also illuminated the Passover Haggadah and the Book of Esther, and his works have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, the Vatican, and the Library of Congress. He is also known for his large-scale public works for synagogues, educational institutions, and national memorials and monuments. Examples of Moriah’s book art can be viewed in the Arts Library Special Collections reading room. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program and the Yale University Library Bibliographical PressThis event was free and open to the public and was followed by a reception.

Image credit: Brit Bein HaBetarim [The covenant between God and Abraham] © Avner Moriah, used with permission of the artist.

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