The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art

The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art

The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art

The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art

Synopsis

Does the discipline of art history encourage the idea of the nonartistic Jew? Covering the last two centuries, "The Nation without Art illuminates the ways in which theorists, critics, and artists have sought to subvert, overcome, or work within the paradigm of the nonartistic Jew.

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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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