Jews and the Visual Arts

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30548
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: On Campus

Jews and the Visual Arts: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry invites scrutiny into the relationship between Jewish history and Jewish creativity. The widespread assumption that Jewish religious tradition was mediated through words, not pictures, has left Jewish visual culture with no significant identity or role to play in Jewish theology and ethics. Is this assumption correct? We will decide using a wealth of material including historical texts, rabbinic responsa, art criticism and Jewish visual culture from antiquity to the present, ranging from the wall paintings of the 3rd century Dura-Europos synagogue, to the illuminations of the 14th century Sarajevo Haggadah, to the paintings of Marc Chagall.