Gilt Bronze Religion (Material Culture)

(at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Art refracts the material character of religion. The religious action is metalic. Nothing fleshy here. The gilt bronze accentuates the corporeal hurt, even as the metal makes it unreal. I’m not sure how this works. It might have something to do with Platonism.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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