Jewish Art: An Illustrated History


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Jan, 2017

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For the first time, a complete history of Jewish art is presented in a many-sided account ranging from the second millennium before the Christian era to the present day. Jewish Art, in refuting the widespread impression that traditional religious restrictions prevented the Jews from developing a representational art of their own, shows how the situation varied from period to period and from area to area, changing from absolute prohibition to the free use of human figures even in objects associated with divine worship. Indeed, a theory in one of the twenty-one essays presented here suggests the possibility (based on recently discovered fourth-century synagogue frescoes) that early Christian religious art, from which ultimately so much of European art evolved, may have developed from synagogue art.

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