Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Portrait of the artist as a young mapmaker.

Here's the famous self-portrait of Ya'akov ben Avraham Zaddik (aka Jaacob Justo) in his 1621 map of the land of Israel printed in Amsterdam. You can read his entire inscription by clicking the image below to enlarge it. See the complete map here.

Sort of makes you wonder about "all of our grandfathers." (link)


  1. he coould be the יוצא מן הכלל. Not *this* is what makes you wonder about it.

  2. Yeah. I read that article, and with all respect to Katzeleh, the first thing I thought was that he was dead wrong about thinking our ancesotrs were chareidim. But I saw already a few people in the comments already pointed it out.

  3. The finger-like things coming out of his left hand are really odd.

  4. The sun in the upper left corner is making me giggle, I can't help it.

  5. That sun looks very disapproving.



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