Female Corporeality and Religion 2023

Online Art Exhibition



Oleksiy Chekal

Calligraphic work in a mixed technique

Watercolor paper, calligraphy, digital processing, Mixed technique, 2023

52x40 cm




This composition is based on a quote from the Jewish Midrash: "And she clothed herself in royal garments and put a royal diadem on her head. She adorned her head and gave herself a glorious and brilliant appearance. And all who saw Judith admired her".

The image of Judith symbolizes not only feminine beauty but also a sharp mind associated with courage and sacrifice. The text inside the silhouette of Judith is identical to the text above. It is made in the tradition of figurative calligraphy that was widespread in the Middle East. The type of Jewish calligraphy is close to the Sofer script, similar to Ashkenazi sacred writing, which is based on the rules established by Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575). 


Oleksiy Chekal

Oleksiy Chekal (b.  1973) is a Ukrainian graphic designer, traveling calligrapher, art director of Panic Design Agency, visiting Professor at Florence Classical Arts Academy (Italy).

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