Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ten Commandments by Alexander Raymond Katz

Biography of Alexander Raymond Katz (1895-1974)
Alexander Katz was born in Hungary in 1895 and migrated to the United States in 1909. Following his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in the 1920s, he designed murals and stained glass windows for movie palaces. Later in his career Katz explored the artistic possibilities inherent in the characters of the Hebrew alphabet. He developed aesthetic and philosophical interpretations of each letter and became an innovator in Judaic art. His mural, "Ten Commandments", was commissioned for the 1933 Chicago's Century of Progress exhibition and was based on the Hebrew alphabet. His subsequent murals and stained glass window designs appear in synagogues and churches throughout America. 

The ten images are reproduced in low resolution for education purposes. They are not for sale. The commentary by Rabbi Alexander S. Kline has been edited and paraphrased.

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