The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art

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CHAPTER THREE
David Kaufmann's Studies in Jewish Art
Die [Kunst] Wisserochoft des judentums

Industriousness and great learning were always at home in Judaism. Not so artistic discernment, which in the pressure of the centuries more often had to give way to the opposite tendency toward a corruption of taste. Only through [his] dominant artistic sense did Kaufmann become that which he was often described as being: a Jew at heart, a Hellene in form. Theology and philosophy he could learn from the Jews. His love of art could only have been inborn. In order to develop his aesthetic discernment, however, he had to learn from the Hellenes. Samuel Krauls in David Kaufmann: Eine Biographic

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