The Jews of Venice were only permitted to practice three professions. They were not allowed to own land or property and could not become craftsmen, professionals or business owners. Initially, the only activity open to them was money lending. An exception was later made for the mercantile Levantine Jews who were granted permission to trade. Eventually, the Ghettoʼs inhabitants were also allowed to become doctors and to sell second-hand clothes.
From the fifteenth century onwards Jews could study medicine at the University of Padua. Many young Jews devoted themselves to their studies and soon excelled in this field. Doctors were exempt from wearing yellow badges and were also able to leave the Ghetto after nightfall in order to tend to patients elsewhere in the city.
Medium canvas ltd. edition signed by the artist 35x43cm – approx 14×17″
Mini canvas open edition 17x20cm – approx 7×8″