Zechariah (from the series, The Prophets)

Collection ID





Late 1940s–Early 1950s


New York United States




Oil on Canvas


82.13 × 34.38 in. (208.61 × 87.33 cm)

Exhibit Location

On View in Fifth Floor Gallery A

This life-size portrait of Zechariah was created as part of a series of 18 portraits titled, The Prophets. The artist was inspired to create this series while reading a Bible given to him by a Christian school teacher who hid him and his wife for a time during the Holocaust. In the painting, Zechariah stands before the partially rebuilt city of Jerusalem, urging the people to live justly and practice compassion.

Jacob (Judey) Barosin (1906–2001) was a Jewish artist born in Riga, Russia (now Latvia), who fled to Berlin, Germany, shortly before World War I. He was forced to flee again to Paris, France, in 1933, after Hitler rose to power. Due to anti-Jewish laws established by the Nazis, Jacob and his wife, Sonia, spent the next four years running from the Gestapo. After the war, Jacob and Sonia immigrated to the United States, where Jacob made a living as a sketch artist for NBC-TV. He also illustrated the Jewish Family Bible, created a series on Jesus called the Life of Christ for the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and held numerous exhibitions in the United States and Israel. Collections of material related to Jacob Barosin’s life and work can be found at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society, and Museum of the Bible.

Originally created in the late 1940s to early 1950s by Jacob Barosin, New York, New York; [1] Inherited in 2001 by Peter Garik and Katherine Greenblatt, Boston, Massachusetts; Donated in 2004 to Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; Returned in 2018 to Peter Garik, Boston, Massachusetts; [2] Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Date sourced from photographs in the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute of an exhibition in the 1950s. [2] Andover Newton Theological School closed, moving its affiliation to Yale Divinity School, and could no longer store the paintings or afford to restore them after a flood damaged a number of them.

Jacob Barosin, A Remnant (New York: United States Holocaust Library, 1989), 138.

Martha Kriebel, Promise Kept with a Paintbrush: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor Who Lives to Illustrate the “Life of Christ.” (Colorado: Outskirts Press, 2019).

Helen E Groninger, “Life of Christ Pictures,” Church Management, June 1955.

Various newspaper articles announcing the exhibition.

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