Members‘The Binding of Isaac’

Jesus in Contemporary Israeli Art

By Tsvi Sadan |
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE This metal sculpture is said to depict the scenery of the crucifixion Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Menashe Kadishman (1932-2015) is an acclaimed artist whose famous paintings of sheep, with countless variations, can be found in many Israeli homes. Sheep, he said, “are all sacrifices and perhaps also scapegoats.”


Kadishman’s works adorn many museums and parks around the world. Among his many awards are the Israel Prize, Sandberg Prize and the First Prize for Sculpture at the 5th Paris Biennale.


The Binding of Isaac is a series of works that includes paintings, drawings and sculptures. The best known is his metal sculpture placed in the plaza of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The rusty metal work is divided into three pieces: the face of the lamb, the face of Isaac lying dead on the ground and the silhouette of two weeping women standing by the side.


For a few months during his studies, Kadishman roomed...

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