Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Le Serpent Rouge
The reconstructed ceiling is based on the interior of a centuries-old synagogue destroyed during both world wars. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP) The ceiling is a rich panoply in milky blues and brownish reds of zodiac signs and animal symbols, along with inscriptions in Hebrew. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, the program director of the museum’s core exhibition, said the animals are references to Messianic beliefs prevalent in Polish Jewish communities after a period of wars and destruction in the 17th century. “It’s a heavenly canopy,” Kirshenblatt-Gimblett said. “It’s celestial. It’s literally the heavens and the world to come.” The animals include a red bull and a leviathan — a serpent-like sea monster — wrapped around Jerusalem. The iconography refers to stories saying that when the Jewish Messiah comes, there will be a banquet for the righteous where they will feast on the flesh of the red bull, which is a monster, and the leviathan. It was said the leviathan’s skin would wrap itself around the city of Jerusalem and give off light. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett said the reconstructed roof, with its “visualization of mystical texts, of prayer, of Messianic yearning,” will allow museum visitors to experience the spirituality of the time. “This represents the spiritual richness of Polish Jews,” she said. “It says that they were not only people of the book in the literal sense of text, but that they had a rich visual imagination.” A Sea monster...sound familiar? (Merovingian Bloodline) and it is red, a red sea serpent, very interesting! Is this Le Serpert Rouge?! Is he the Messianic Banquet`s sea monster?