[View of the Temple Square in Jerusalem]


Brilliantly executed calligram of Jerusalem.

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This is an incredible view of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in which engraved lines have been replaced by delicate Hebrew script. This art form, called a calligram, can be traced back to ancient Greece, but was popularized in the early 20th century by Guillaume Apollinaire.

According to text boxes, offered in both German and French near the bottom of the page, the image is composed of the 150 Hebrew Psalms, as well as chapters from the books of Isiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and David. Iconic and historic structures like the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Western Wall are immediately recognizable, but a key is also provided to aid in identifying the various features.

I’ve been unable to conclusively identify an author, date, or publisher’s imprint on the image. A manuscript annotation in the lower center may offer additional information. The paper appears early 20th century.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1920?

Author: Unknown

Sheet Width (in): 27

Sheet Height (in): 21.5

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Printed sheet professionally mounted onto linen for preservation and stability. Several areas of image loss have been filled in, the largest in the upper left is about the size of an irregular half dollar. Several cracks from closed tears, but few are obvious. Spots of toning along former fold lines and moderate wear along the outer edges of the sheet. Good condition overall.


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