Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Hvizdets, Ukraine - Original Linocut Hvizdets, Ukraine - With Background

Yiddish name: Gvozdetz

Previous names, countries: Gwoździec, Poland

Little is known of the early history of the wooden synagogue of Gwoździec, estimated to have been built between 1640-1650. The synagogue is being replicated for the Museum of Polish Jewish History in Warsaw, Poland, as an example of architecture and design that was extraordinarily beautiful, and combined religious images and texts in a form found in Polish wooden churches, thus drawing upon both Jewish and Polish traditions

Originally the structure had a low barrel vault. It was reconfigured during 1700-1730 to become a towering tent—like wooden cupola with a curving surface in the Baroque style. It was probably the first of its kind to be built in the area. Hebrew inscriptions and colorful animal figures elaborately covered the ceiling, while rich intense colors were used in the wall painting throughout the prayer hall. Combined, these intricate designs were reminiscent of an oriental carpet.

The synagogue of Gwoździec was burned down during World War I.

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Original linocut prints are 8x10 inches, and are available either unmatted or in an 11x14 matte.

I also offer matted 5x7 digital prints. These prints are created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

For this synagogue I have created an additional digital print, with Hebrew lettering in the background. These prints are also created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

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