by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

“Rebirth” is the title of this painting from 2008. It is the right side panel of my three-painting Masonic triptych titled “Parable of Light and Dark.”
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The Left side panel is named “Foundations” and the middle panel is “Eclipse.” The entire three painting triptych symbolizes the different stages in the life of Freemasonry. These are represented by the legendary origins, the periods of transitional realities and last, the prospective future. This optimistic artwork was prominently exhibited for eight years at the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library & Museum of the Grand Lodge of New York. Images of this exhibit are below.

In “Rebirth,” I show civilization being rebuilt after it had been self-destroyed by centuries of neglect and wrongdoing. At the bottom and amidst the ruins is Master Craftsman Hiram Abiff alongside King Solomon, who like Noah before him, releases a dove out into the future to determine if the time to start building is near. Underneath the winding staircase stands a woman carrying the scales of justice. She is voluptuous, as is truth.

Image: “Rebirth,” right side panel of triptych “Parable of Light and Dark” by Bro. Ari Roussimoff
Pictured: Bro. Ari Roussimoff at the Livingston Library gallery display of his art.
To her left is the mystical priest Melchizedek (King of Righteousness) from the Book of Genesis. He has two sets of eyes, as his vision is deeply spiritual. One pair of eyes represent the soul and heart and the other two eyes represent the mind which is composed of thought, logic and intellect. Holding the Masonic compass, Melchizedek has given his blessing to building up a new and better world. Its foundation would be the great virtues and accomplishments of the old world which subsequently had been needlessly pummeled into ruins. At the very top is the All Seeing Eye of God the Creator, our ultimate judge.

Written by Bro. Ari Roussimoff
Consolidated Lodge #31 F. & A.M.
Manhattan, New York

Bro Ari Roussimoff