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Hunger Art (Chaim Soutine)

“Still Life with Herring” sounds like a Jewish spoof on the French fine art tradition. From the same milieu of Russian Jews in Paris, Chaim Soutine is the anti-Chagall. There is nothing dreamy about his work. There is no lift … Continue reading

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Did the Jewish Museum Just Break Its Permanent Collection?

I read here in the New York Times about the new re-organization of the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum in New York. The old exhibition was a standard historical chronology of “the Jewish experience.” The thing was heavy with … Continue reading

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(Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art) Digital Archive

Saw this piece at Hyperallergic about “the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, a recently launched website that represents the world’s largest online database of Jewish art.” “Made public by the Center in August, the website features over 260,000 entries that catalogue … Continue reading

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Jewish Art and The World of Diaspora Culture (Skies of Parchment/Seas of Ink)

Marc Michael Epstein’s edited Skies of Parchment/Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts is a recent addition to the Jewish art scholarship. It’s bold approach is to treat the subject topically, as opposed to chronologically or geographically. This gets you a big … Continue reading

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(Gods, Godesses, and God) Aniconic Politics in Ancient Israel (Othmar Keel and Christoph Uehlinger)

I’m prepared to walk back anything in this post with sufficient critical pushback from experts in a field upon which I’m making such gross trespass. But I wanted to write about God, Goddesses, and Images of God in Ancient Israel, which has … Continue reading

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Marc Michael Epstein- Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
Most books on Jewish illuminated manuscripts seem to be written for the wealthy collector of manuscripts or for the pedantic cataloger. In a recent book Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink:…

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No Graven Image? West Semitic Aniconic (Reading T.N.D. Mettinger)

Apparently, everything we thought is wrong, especially all highfalutin talk about icons, aniconism, and “representation.” I’ll say so on the authority of Tryggve N.D. Mettinger., whose  No Graven Image? Israelite Aniconism in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context I just recently … Continue reading

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