"Earth Tears", 2002, by Marc Salz. oil/wood, 21"-22". One from my series titled the "Talmudic Abstractions". The format of these paintings was based on the Jewish Talmud which consists of a central text of law (Torah) with surrounding visual "commentaries" like the ones made by rabbis and scholars. This series came after my one on triptychs that had an early Renaissance Christian influence in their format. Both can now be seen as paying tribute the Judeo-Christian tradition in art although I wanted to give the Talmud group the same weight and importance as the more historically familiar triptychs.