Jewish Art: A History

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30504
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: On Campus

This seminar will consider topics in Jewish Art History from the Biblical period to the present day. Although long viewed as an imageless tradition, Judaism and the Jewish people have developed a rich visual and material culture over the centuries which is increasingly attracting scholarly attention. From the "carved ivories" of ancient Samaria to the ubiquitous image of the Menorah in the Roman Period to illuminated medieval manuscripts to the challenging art of the Holocaust to the robust Jewish art cultures in the United States and Israel, the themes, tensions and dynamics of Jewish art will be examined both as art and as historical objects which tell the larger story of Jewish life through material culture, image and color. The future of Jewish art will also be considered in terms of today's larger discussion of the future of the Jews and Judaism.