The State of Israel is featuring the work of Jewish and Israeli artists who took the liberty to contemplate the Christ publically, without fear of assimilation.
Of all the works in this daring retrospect on Jesus, Marc Chagall’s The Crucified stands unique; for no one in the history of western painting, neither Jew nor Christian, has ever placed the sufferings of Jesus collectively with the Jews in quite the same way.
Born in 1887, Chagall grew up in a devout Hassidic family in Vitebsk, Belarus. He went to Heder (Jewish elementary school) together with his eight siblings, and the family experienced all the pain and hardships of the anti-Semitic pogroms common in those days.
As events of the Holocaust unfolded in the 1930s and 1940s, Chagall, one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, was compelled to stir Christian anti-Semites...
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