Order Nr. 129888 THE GUARDIAN OF QUMRAN. Shraga Weil.
An unused illustration by Shraga Weil intended for the Limited Editions Club edition of 'The Dead Sea Scrolls'


(Limited Editions Club).
  • N.P. n.p., n.d., but circa 1966.
  • framed painting (34 by 28 inches)

Price: $2,950.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 129888

A framed watercolor depicting a guard at the fortress and monastic community at Qumran. Shraga Weil (1918-2009) was an Israeli artist. Born in Prague in 1918, he studied at the National School of Arts there. He served in the Hungarian resistance to the Nazis during World War II. After the war, he joined the exodus to Israel. He received training in monumental and graphic techniques at the Academy of Arts in Paris in 1953. He worked as a designer and illustrator of books during the 1950s, during which time he was illustrator of The Dead Sea Scrolls (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1966). This work was offered, but not used, as an illustration for that book. In the 1960s and 1970s, he created several architectural designs, including the copper doors for the main entrance of the Knesset building and the residence of the President of Israel in Jerusalem. (source: Knesset website and Shraga Weil website). Qumran was the location of an ancient Jewish fortress and Essene monastic community where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, beginning in 1947.