Micrography - also called micro-calligraphy - consists of minute letters, usually in Hebrew, written in a manner to form an image, whether geometric, abstract, or representational. It is an art form invented in the 9th century by Jewish artists, although the form has expanded to Muslim, Christian and secular communities over the centuries. Traditional micrography is made with black ink, but Rae Antonoff works in color to breathe vibrancy and life into the subjects of her art.
The text in this beautiful print is the Mishnah on Rosh Hashanah. It begins with a discussion of the four new years in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah is one of those four, the new year for the tithe, so farmers and herders could keep track when each years crops and foals are due. While the modern celebration of Rosh Hashanah has been separated from the tithe, we do wish one another a sweet new year, one in which our produce whatever we work on will be worthy of a spiritual tithe and we may be sealed in the Book of Life.
SIZE: print size 8" x 10" frame size is 11.5" x 14.5"