Moshe Castel: The Crucified

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Moshe Elazar Castel comes from a Spanish family that settled in Israel in 1492, the same year Jews were expelled from Spain. Castel (1909-1991) was born in Jerusalem, and later founded religious schools for Sephardic boys throughout the city.   Castel first studied art at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Later he moved to Paris (1927-1940), where he honed his skills by reproducing the works of Rembrandt and Courbet, among others. Castel at work Throughout his career, Castel depicted uniquely Jewish themes. His works can today be found in places such as the Knesset, Israel’s Supreme Court…

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