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This is a preparatory study for a section of Lipchitz's monument to Judaism Our Tree of Life. The stacking of interrelated elements was characteristic of his later works. Here, Lipchitz isolates Abraham as the physical and conceptual 'trunk' of the tree, while the angel prevents him from sacrificing Isaac. The monumental version (six metres in height) at Mount Scopas in Jerusalem was only inaugurated in 1978, five years after Lipchitz's death.

August 2004