Psalm 133 (Song of Degrees)

Ben Shahn, American (born Russia, now Lithuania), 1898 - 1969



Screenprint on paper

Sheet: 20 1/2 × 26 1/2 in. (52.1 × 67.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund

Art © Estate of Ben Shahn / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY



North America, United States


20th century

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Not on view


Signed, on stone, lower right: Ben Shahn; inscribed, in graphite, lower right: A Song of Degrees of David Psalm 133: "Behold, how good / and how pleasant / it is for brethren / to dwell together/ in unity. It is / like the precious / ointment / upon the head, / that ran down / upon the beard, / Even Aaron's beard, / that ran down / to the skirts of / his garments; As the dew of Hermon, / and as the dew that descendeded upon the mountains / of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing / even life for evermore."


Downtown Gallery, New York; sold to present collection, 1963.

Catalogue Raisonne

K. McNulty, The Collected Prints of Ben Shahn, Philadelphia, 1967, no. 51.

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