Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Jerusalem/Family Tree Ketubah

There’s a short list of imagery that has consistently appeared in ketubah art for as long back as we’ve seen historic evidence.   One of those visual references is Jerusalem, and even today, when people seem so caught up in the here and now, I am most frequently asked to paint a reference to Jerusalem.  Here’s a vignette under the most colorful and intricate arch of a dreamy Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.

One of the challenges of laying out a ketubah like this is to take two texts, in this case Aramaic and English, of different lengths, and fit them both into exactly symmetrical shapes.   I do not work with a computer, but rather rely on my eye and years of experience working with alphabets.

At the base of the ketubah, a full-crowned tree becomes the backdrop for a three generation family tree, with names written in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, and Cyrillic letters!   I’m sometimes snapped to attention in my work when I realize that these documents are more than lovely mementos or legally binding contracts for an individual couple.  As is this one, they are often historic capsules that create a visual home for generations of family information, and they are of course heirlooms-in-the-making, crafted with finest materials on paper that will last for future generations!

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