Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Rembrandt-inspired Cyberangels Ascend from the Land of Israel

As a tribute to Rembrandt on the 350th anniversary of his death, artist Mel Alexenberg is launching  Rembrandt inspired cyberangels from Israel into thirty museums on five continents that have his artworks in their collections.  This Global Tribute to Rembrandt blog was created to document these virtual flights.

The background for these international art events is presented in Professor Alexenberg's latest book Through a Bible Lens that offers biblical insights for the age of new media.

The cover image based on Alexenberg's “Angels Ascending from the Land of Israel” computer-generated artwork in the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem makes the Bible come alive. It is based upon the biblical passage “He had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground, its top reaching up towards heaven as divine angels were going up and down on it.” (Genesis 28:12)  We learn from the preeminent Bible commentator Rashi that the angels in Jacob’s dream go up from the Land of Israel and go down throughout the world.

The cyberangels begin their virtual flight from Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, home of ancient Bible scrolls. They gain momentum by going up from the tallest building in Israel, home of Facebook’s R&D Center, until construction is completed for the 91 story Azrieli Spiral Tower in Tel Aviv shaped as a Bible scroll.

Cyberangels begin worldwide virtual flight from Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem

They arrive from Israel at the cafes of each of the thirty museums. Why cafes? The biblical words for angel and food are spelled with the same four Hebrew letters to teach that angels are spiritual messages arising from everyday life. Perhaps there is spiritual significance that museums that offer art also offer food.
Cyberangels arrive from Israel at the café of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

From The Jerusalem Report, 6 January 2020, "The People and the Book" by Mel  Alexenberg. Read the entire article at ARTISTSTORY

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