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Rainbow Landscape

Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32 )

by Yoram and Meira Raanan

"Rainbow Landscape," 2006-7, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 130 cm.

God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." (Genesis 9:12-16)

"Rainbow Landscape" captures the colors of the rainbow spectrum, while at the same time there is a heavenly feeling created by the suggestion of stars and constellations. The painting contains the seven major colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The three primary colors - red, yellow and blue - are especially strong, the varying shades of red energizing the painting with a sense of passion. The yellows give the painting luminosity and, like the sun, stimulate and add optimism and brightness. The blues add a calming effect and a sense of serenity. And then the combined yellow and blue create green, the color of nature, adding harmony and balance.

In Jewish tradition, however, the rainbow has meaning and significance deeper than its beauty. This concept is reflected in the verses above in which the word "covenant" is mentioned five times. The Flood could be seen as a kind of war that God declared against man, while the rainbow represents a cease-fire and a promise. It is viewed as a symbol of peace between heaven and earth, between God and His world. Ever since, the rainbow is regarded as a sign from God painted across the sky to testify to His promise that He will never destroy the world by a flood ? a covenant of peace between God and humanity.


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