Kikar Zahav Tahor "A Talent of Pure Gold": Illuminated Miniatures by Barbara Wolff
The great treasures of Medieval manuscripts are distinguished by the miniature worlds they open to us, a world that New York artist Barbara Wolff has recreated in this exhibition. In her own miniature universe, Barbara Wolff invites the viewer to take part in the personal dialogue between the artist and her subjects-the flowers, fruits, and landscapes of the Bible. Simile and metaphor are often expressed in Biblical literature by the terms and symbols of nature, specifically the natural phenomena and seasons of ancient Israel. Wolff's mastery of Medieval and Renaissance artists' techniques and materials is apparent in her fluency with burnished gold on vellum and hand-ground pigments like azurite, malachite and lapis lazuli.