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“Madonna of the Dry Tree”, 1462-65, Petrus Christus.
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Oil on canvas
The Olivetti-Montefiore Torah Curtain (Parokhet), Pesaro, 1620
Gilt and silver thread embroidery on silk.
U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
This very early Torah Ark curtain was embroidered in 1620 by Rachel Olivetti of Pesaro, on the occasion of her marriage to (and in honor of) her husband, Judah (Leon) Montefiore. Its focal point is a poem, embroidered between two arched columns, adorned with intricate vegetal and floral ornaments. Two family coats of arms appear below the text: a dove holding an olive branch, representing the Olivetti family, and a lion standing on a mountain, holding a flower, representing the Montefiore family (mount of flowers in Italian). The verse expresses praise for the marriage of the couple:
The gates of the Temple open on the great occasion of the Montefiore family/household
An olive branch is held by the dove, its beauty seen by all
Light coming out of the Temple will return inwards
Rachel and Yehuda are joining Beit Israel
The lily is held in the lion’s hand, its beauty radiating and shining.
Apiology at Sussex Downs:The Practical Handbook of Bee Culture with Some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen.
Beyond Bad | Mariacarla Boscono by Nathaniel Goldberg