chapter  10
16 Pages

Drawing Jerusalem: notes on Hans Bol’s Jerusalem, with Christ and the Good Shepherd (1575)

Drawing becomes drawings. If there is a line through drawing it divides, yielding differing

though related concerns. The task here is to allow two of those concerns a productive

intersection. The first concern, while having a form of generality insofar as what it brings

up for consideration is the inscription of futural possibilities into the present, arises from

the description of architecture and building that can be located in Paul’s Letter to the

Hebrews 11:10 and which pertains to descriptions of what can designated as the city-

to-come. In the Letter Paul describes how the nomadic Abraham envisaged a better

future. Paul writes that Abraham ‘was awaiting [ἐξεδέχετο] the city [πόλιν] that has

foundations, whose architect and builder [τεχνίτης καὶ δημιουργὸς] was God’.