Jewish Art Defined
From Bezalel to
The conception of Jewish Art may appear to some a contradiction in terms. Cecil Roth in Jewish Art: An illustrated History
Jewish art: is there any such thing? Franz Landsberger in Einfuhrung in die Jiidische Kunst
Treatments of Jewish art invariably feel constrained to begin by discussing whether there even is such a thing as “Jewish art.” Steven Schwarzschild in The Pursuit of the ideal
Such a command as that of the Decalogue (Ex. xx. 4; Deut. v.8] would have been impossible to a nation possessed of such artistic gifts as the Greeks, and was carried to its ultimate consequences … only because the people lacked artistic inclination, with its creative power and formative imagination. “Art Among the Ancient Hebrews, ” in The Jewish Encyclopedia
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Publication information: Book title: The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art. Contributors: Margaret Olin - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 3.
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