The former home of Anna Ticho (1894-1980), one of Israel's most beloved artists.
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Born in Brünn, Moravia, Anna Ticho came to Jerusalem in 1912 from Vienna. Initially overwhelmed by the local light and landscape, she returned to her art in the 1920s. She worked in pencil, charcoal, or - towards the end of her career - pastel to depict the landscapes in and around Jerusalem, and portraits of the people who inhabited the city. Watercolour was reserved for studies of flowers.
Built in the mid-19th century, the building now known as Ticho House was of the first structures constructed outside the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. Ticho and her husband, the renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Albert Ticho, purchased the property in 1924. They turned the ground floor into an eye clinic and hospital, and the upper floor into their private apartment with an attached studio space (since destroyed). The hospital served the wide population of Jerusalem, rich and poor alike, until Dr. Ticho's death in 1960. Anna Ticho continued to live and work in the house until her death twenty years later. She bequeathed the house and its collections to the Israel Museum, and the people of Jerusalem, to serve as a public centre for art and culture. Visitors to the house today can explore gallery spaces dedicated to the story of the house, Dr. Ticho, Anna Ticho and galleries for temporary exhibitions that focus on women artists.