23: A Rare Engraved Succah Decoration By Francesco Gris
A Rare Engraved Succah Decoration by Francesco Griselini. Venice, late 17th century – early 18th century. (Dr. Mendel Metzger in "The Earliest Engraved Italian Megilloth," comments extensively on Griselini’s excellence as an engraver of Jewish works of art, and dates his activity to the second half of the 17th century.) Moses and Aaron are shown flanking a cartouche containing a Biblical quotation framed by depictions above and below of the service in the Temple in Jerusalem and the observance of the Simchat Bet HaShoeva, the joyous "water-drawing" festival. Also shown are circular cartouches of scenes in the Temple and of the observance of the Sukkot holiday. Signed by the noted Venetian artist in the engraving in Hebrew and lightly colored. 13-1/2 X 17-1/2 inches (33.5 X 44.5 cm.) Compare engraved Succah decoration by Francesco Griselini illustrated in The Art of Judaism, 1979, p. 108.