Chapter 30: The Blood
x 11" x 1¾"
In this reliquary honoring friends lost to AIDS, Rhein
presents a technical diagram of the human body,
overlaid with fine wire work evoking the veins, arteries,
and capillaries that are the primary vessels transmitting
blood and HIV infection. The image is lifted from a
biology textbook, and shows only the outline of the
human male body, humanity at its most basic level,
expressing the idea of sexuality based upon a purely
Lionel S. Reiss
Adam and Eve, Genesis 2:22-23
Collection of Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City
Beginning in 1952, Reiss began a series of large murals,
paintings, and watercolors entitled “Genesis,” depicting
biblical scenes. He worked on this series for more than
twenty years and was still creating these works at the
time of his death at the age of 92.
Adam and Eve
the moment when Eve, her body resplendent in flame-
like streams of light, floats up from Adam’s rib cage.
These works reflect the style of British painter
William Blake in their mystical, prophetic, and