The Song of Solomon


This work is a modern artist’s edition of the biblical Song of Songs, traditionally attributed to King Solomon. The Song of Songs has been interpreted in different ways, ranging from literal interpretations that focus on human love between a man and a woman to those that see it as a divine allegory of God’s love for the Jewish people. This edition, by Israeli artist Tamar Messer, emphasizes the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. The text is in Hebrew and English. The original silk screen illustrations depict the flora, fauna, and landscapes of ancient Israel. The jewel-like colors and stylized imagery are reminiscent of early stained glass and reflect what the artist referred to as “the exuberant devotion” of the text. Each of the 20 illustrations is silk-screened on Arches paper, using 20–30 color plates per image.


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Gallery/Studio Tamar Meser Ltd., Haifa, Israel

Title in Original Language

שיר השירים אשר לשלמה

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40 pages : color illustrations ; 31 centimeters


  • Limited edition of 50 signed copies. Library of Congress copy is numbered 45/50.

Last updated: February 12, 2016