During recent construction work in
The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in
These finds give impetus to a reevaluation of Jewish religious, popular and folk art in
Two photo galleries of the
The second shows details of the carved and vividly colored gravestones: http://www.polin.org.pl/cities/363/galeria/16869/
Increasingly, more and more Jewish cemeteries are being cleared and explored; more painted gravestones are being discovered. Until now, however, these have been few in number and usually isolated. Even when colors are preserved, decades of exposure to the elements has faded their brilliance. The tragic irony is well known among conservators that gravestones that have been hidden, and especially buried, are often the ones where relief carving and painting is best preserved.
For some images of polychrome matzevot in situ, see recently posted photos from Romanian Jewish cemeteries by Ruth Ellen Gruber (especially Radauti, Botosani and Gura Humorului):
Polychrome matzevot in Jewish cemetery of Radauti, Romania (photo: Ruth Ellen Gruber)