Antepasados (Ancestors)" Wine and Ink ORIGINAL Painting by Gilat Ben-Dor


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The Mexican festival of the dead, Día de los Muertos, is a time to honor one’s ancestors and relatives who have recently passed away. Antepasados (Ancestors) seeks to join the living with memories of those they cherish. In this piece, whose original version is painted entirely in aged wine and ink, Gilat Ben-Dor brings intensity to this symbolism in the form of a passionate woman lost in thought, displaying traditional skull-and-floral ornamentation and a cascading crown of roses. Who is she…one of the living, or one of the antepasados?

“It’s no accident that I’ve used aged wine. Aging is wisdom. Time may pass through us, but it carries with it so many memories, lessons, and hopefully with it all, love.” - Gilat Ben-Dor

PRINTS OF THIS ORIGINAL WORK ARE ALSO AVAILABLE (please see Prints & Reproductions section of this website)


  • Painted using aged wine, which dries in a beautiful brown palette
  • Hand-leafed metallic accents by the artist, with silver leaf
  • Painted on high-quality watercolor paper
  • Includes ‘About the Artist’ and ‘About the Artwork’ cards
  • Please note: some color variation may occur between what you are seeing on the screen and actual painting due to variations in computer/device color calibration.
  • Also note that original wine paintings are organic in nature, and may change in color or intensity over time. 

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