Abstract painting. Painted 2014 to 2016 by British contemporary artist, Gheorghe Virtosu, b. 1968. Abstract art, Oil painting, 138 cm high by 185 cm wide. 54 X 73 inches. | jewish art, jewish wall art, jewish abstract art, jewish art nyc, jewish canvas art, jewish paintings, jewish paintings fine art, jewish oil paintings |
The story of Jezebel – Queen of Israel, is a fascinating one, and has been duly included in Virtosu’s multifaceted body of work for specific reasons. It acts as a cautionary tale of power and abuse of influence, and serves as a warning sign for the heads of state from this era informing them about the power of the masses. In the Hebrew Bible, Jezebel was the daughter of Ithobaal I of Sidon and wife of Ahab, the one King of Israel. Despite being born to a family who were dedicated to the worship of Yahweh, she decided to incite a religious revolution in her land and encourage the worship of ancient deities named Baal and Asherah.
She tried to achieve this result by unfair practices, and this included fabricating evidence of blasphemy against those who stood against her beliefs. In the end, the powerful queen met an untimely demise when she was thrown out of the window by her own people and her corpse was left to be devoured by stray dogs. The scene Virtosu has chosen to represent the life of the controversial queen is her time in freefall after being thrown out of a window.
The abstract representation of the queen appears to be almost contemplative in this painting as she is evidently seen plummeting to her own death. The background chosen for this piece is a lush golden hue and it symbolizes the immense wealth and stature that the queen hails from. Despite all her power and influence, her life came to an abrupt end and this was purely due to her negative and almost malevolent state-of-mind. This extremely powerful moment in history has been brilliantly captured by Virtosu in this evocative piece.