‘Jerusalem 2002’ – A Limited-Edition of 5 Tapestry’s based upon Norbert Ceulemans celebrated Art-Map Series of Jerusalem, commissioned by the State of Israel to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 1998.
Size: 56 x 80 inches (140 x 200 cm) .
Rod sleeve for hanging incorporated (excludes rod)
The celebrated ‘Jerusalem art-map’ series of Norbert Ceulemans, commissioned by the State of Israel in 1998 were updated in 2002, and the hand drawn central map sections digitalized in Belgium to enable state of the art weaving of a limited edition of five tapestries.
Each tapestry was machine woven in Flanders in 2002 under the supervision of the artist, with more than 32 different colours, the highest standard of interlocking, and hand finished.
The colourful tapestry depicts the Old City of Jerusalem, flanked by the King David Hotel to the west and Mount Olive to the right.
For personal reasons only one tapestry was offered for sale after the five were made, and sold at a charity auction in Palm Beach, Florida to a prominent Jewish family in America.
The four remaining tapestries have recently been consigned for sale with Thomas Fine Art in England by Norbert Coleman’s son Stefan, who was involved with his father in the original research and aerial photography of Jerusalem.
One of the four tapestries has since been sold to a lady of distinction in New York in 2020, to grace the large walls of a new home in Jerusalem. This is a unique opportunity to acquire one the three remaining tapestries.
The Jerusalem Art-Map Series of Norbert Ceulemans :
The drawing of the map took hours of creativity and outstanding craftsmanship. Like the 16th century cartographers Norbert Ceulemans created three-dimensional views seen at 45 degrees.
He used old archives, detailed photographs of buildings facades and thousands of aerial photographs to accurately map out the city, and hours of skill to ink in and colour the shapes by hand. After detailed inspection the individual map sections were digitally scanned and reproduced as the art-map series.
The whole series took over three years to complete and captured the special light and beauty of the Golden City, and received international attention while promoted by the National Geographic Society.
The Major of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert awarded Ceulemans the Silver ’50 years Israel’ Commemoration Medal issued by the State of Israel in 1998, for producing the ‘Art Map of the Century’.
By this time Ceulemans had already produced 29 exclusive, limited edition maps of European cities for celebrations as prestigious as Unification of Europe, the World Expo, the Olympic Games. This series his thirtieth was a milestone in the artists career.