Marc Chagall: Visual Interpreter of the Bible

Russian-Jewish artist, Marc Chagall, was one of the twentieth century’s most renowned visual interpreters of the Bible. Chagall spent twenty years creating 105 etchings for an Old Testament published in 1956. His works inspired by the crucifixion are eagerly sought by galleries from all over the world.

Chagall’s magnificent “Peace Window” at the United Nations building in New York City was created in honor of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold. He died in a plane crash in 1961 while on a mission to negotiate peace in the Congo. Chagall’s design, full of biblical imagery, was inspired by Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”


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