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MICROGRAPHY: Crucifixion of Jesus
[prob. Germany, circa ]. 1790 - Ink drawing in black and brown on hand-made paper (Very Good, slightly stained, small repaired worm holes in margins of the image), 37 x 22 cm (14.6 x 8.7 inches). A highly detailed drawing of the Crucifixion was made probably at the end of the 18th century in Germany in the technique of micography. Micrography (from the Greek Ômicrographia,Õ meaning small writing) is an art form first developed by Jewish scribes in Egypt and Israel around the 9th Century. Traditionally, Jewish artists were banned from drawing images of living creatures due to the rabbinical interpretation of the Second Commandment which states: ÒThou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of anything] that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.Ó As with traditional Islamic art, Jewish artists were thus relegated to drafting calligraphy and geometric forms. However, rabbinical rulings permitted forms that might optically appear to be of banned subjects to be constructed, as long as they were composed entirely of calligraphy. Artists brilliantly constructed elaborate designs composed entirely of microscopic lines of text. During the Medieval period, the art form flourished in Iberia and Central Europe, regions with strong Jewish artistic patronage. It is important, however, to remember that due to the extreme sophistication and technical difficulty of the medium, micrography never became a popular art form, but was reserved for appreciation in rarefied circles.
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