Judaism and Christian Art

Judaism and Christian Art

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Christian cultures across the centuries have invoked Judaism in order to debate, represent, and contain the dangers presented by the sensual nature of art. By engaging Judaism, both real and imagined, they explored and expanded the perils and possibilities for Christian representation of the material world. The thirteen essays in Judaism and Christian Art reveal that Christian art has always defined itself through the figures of Judaism that it produces. From its beginnings, Christianity confronted a host of questions about visual representation. Should Christians make art, or does attention to the beautiful works of human hands constitute a misplaced emphasis on the things of this world or, worse, a form of idolatry (qThou shalt make no graven imageq)? And if art is allowed, upon what styles, motifs, and symbols should it draw? Christian artists, theologians, and philosophers answered these questions and many others by thinking about and representing the relationship of Christianity to Judaism. This volume is the first dedicated to the long history, from the catacombs to colonialism but with special emphasis on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, of the ways in which Christian art deployed cohorts of qJewsqa€”more figurative than reala€”in order to conquer, defend, and explore its own territory.John T. Gilchrist, The Collection in Seventy-four Titles: A Canon Law Manual of the Gregorian Reform (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of ... See also John van Engen, a#39;a#39;Theophilus Presbyter and Rupert of Deutz: Arts and Benedictine Theology, a#39;a#39; Viator 11 (1980): 147a€“64. ... Van Engen, Rupert ofDeutz, 226, and Vita Heriberti, ed.

Title:Judaism and Christian Art
Author:Herbert L. Kessler, David Nirenberg
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2012-10-08


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