12 March 2010

Blessed Shall You Be

Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn (1856) © Flickr user MagnesMuseum under Creative Commons.

From the collection of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California:

Painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800-1882) portraying the meeting of scholars Moses Mendelsohn (1729-1786), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781) and theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) in Berlin (1763).

Mendelssohn is depicted on the left, wearing a red coat, and seated at a chess table in his library with Lessing. Lavater stands at the center behind the two. Above them hangs a brass lamp (Judenstern). A servant at right is holding holding a tray, under a door with a Hebrew blessing (Deuteronomy 28:6).

Deuteronomy 28:6 'Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.' (English Standard Version Bible)

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