Israel’s History – a Picture a Day: 19th Century Paintings of Jerusalem

Jews Praying at the Wailing Wall by Johann Martin Bernatz. The Ottoman Archives provided a date of 1868.
(Author’s digital photograph collection)

Israel’s History – a Picture a Day 


Posted: 05 Sep 2016 10:42 PM PDT

We pay tribute again to archivists and librarians who digitize their historical treasures. Pictures of these two paintings were found in the Ottoman Archives.


The first painting is by German artist Johann Martin Bernatz (1802-1878) who traveled in the Holy Land in 1836.

The second painting is by another German artist, Gustav Bauernfeind (1848-1904). 

Jews Praying at the Wailing Wall by Gustav Bauernfeind. The Ottoman Archives provides a

date of 1888. (Author’s digital photograph collection)


Bauernfeind moved to Jerusalem in 1898. He is buried in the German Templar Cemetery in Jerusalem. In 2007, his oil painting of the Wailing Wall sold for 4.5 Euros at Sotheby.

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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