Art History

Authored by: Samantha Baskind , Larry Silver

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415473781
eBook ISBN: 9780203497470
Adobe ISBN: 9781135048556

10.4324/9780203497470.ch7

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Abstract

The first sentence of the first systematic English language book on Jewish art begins with the author stating “The conception of Jewish Art may appear to some a contradiction in terms” (Roth 1961: 11). Indeed, Jewish art has caused controversy and confusion in the mere handful of decades the field has been actively researched. In this essay, we will first examine why Jewish art is still in its infancy, which includes a discussion of the Second Commandment and Jewish art’s place in art history in general. Then we will describe different ways that some contemporary scholars flesh out the meanings and argue over definitions of Jewish art.

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