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The Depiction of Jews in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Explore the image of Jews in visual art from the early Middle Ages through the Renaissance. In a time when literacy was uncommon, these images were the political cartoons and posters of the age.

Jews have been depicted as monsters, subhuman, animals, or demons. Medieval depictions of monsters were not designed simply to scare their viewers: They had many purposes, and provoked many reactions. They enforced prejudices and social hierarchies.

In this lecture, we will see paintings, sculptures, reliefs, and gargoyles that are clear evidence of this, and discuss the fine line between free speech and incitement to violence.

This lecture will be presented by Claudia Hercman, who has been one of Beth Jacob's favorite Zoom presenters this year!
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Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782