(b. 1764, Milano, d. 1849, Firenze)

The Menorah

Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

This scene is a detail of the fresco cycle in the Room of the Ark. This shows the preparation of a Jewish festivity that is about to take place under a tentlike structure. Baskets of bread and jars of wine are being set up for distribution to the crowds during the celebration. The display of the massive menorah, a golden candelabrum with seven arms, serves as the dominating symbol of the Jewish people.