“Jonah the prophet” by Reuven Rubin
Glass sculpture “Jonah the prophet” by Reuven Rubin, Israeli modernist artist. One of the books of Nevi’im ("Prophets") tells the story of Jonah, who refused to go to Assyrian Nineveh with a sermon of repentance and the prediction of the imminent death of the city. Instead of it, the prophet boarded a ship and set off a long voyage to Tarshish. A storm arose and the prophet, who understood the reason of the gale, asked the crew to throw him into the sea. By the G-d’s command, a whale swallowed Jonah. After Jonah had repented, Got let him out and sent with the sermon to Nineveh. The unique glass sculpture shows Jonah in water. His gaze expresses the confusion, fear and horror. Reuven Rubin became one of the founders of the new Eretz-Israel art style. Central themes in his art were the biblical landscape, folklore and people.