Bezalel Frame

This Bezalel school frame is a prototype of the school’s combination of east and west. It portrays the biblical figure queen of Shva as a reclining nude; Surrounded by the marvelous gardens of an oriental palace. The queen’s posture is taken from the long European tradition, representing the female body on the basis of classic sculptures of the goddess Venus. On her sides are two vases, renaissance metaphors for the perfect female silhouette. Although her posture is European, the queen is sitting on a Persian rug. Behind her the view of the city, long palm trees and a peacock with its splendid feathers. This paradise view is depicted in the decorative Bezalel – Jugendstil style.