IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 110: Cultural Negotiation in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts from 13th/14th-Century Germany

Monday 12 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Avital Heyman, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Paper 110-aCultural Negotiation in an Iilluminated Hebrew Bible Commentary from 1230s Germany, and the co-presence of Romanesque and Gothic in German Book Illumination
(Language: English)
Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Art History - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 110-bSolomon, his Demons, and Jongleurs: The Clash of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Culture
(Language: English)
Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Art History - General, Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - German
Paper 110-cBirds Head Revisited: The 'Birds' Head Haggadah' and Jewish Identity
(Language: English)
Marc Michael Epstein, Department of Jewish Studies, Vassar College
Index terms: Art History - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 110-dVisual Motifs at the Service of Criticism: Cultural Borrowings in the Illustrated Manuscripts of Meshal Hakadmoni of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Simona Gronemann, Department of Art History, Kaye College for Education, Beer Sheva
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Hebrew and Jewish Studies

The papers in this group reconsider some prominent illuminated manuscripts from 13th and early 14th century Germany in order to ask new questions about their iconography and in order to find new ways to describe Jewish-Christian dynamics in medieval Europe.
Abstract paper -b:
The relationship between Solomon and the Demons is described in early Eastern Jewish and Christian sources as well as in later Muslim traditions. In the West the magic aspects of Solomon found a different channel in profane parodies. Following the Christian theology, the Christian art presented Solomon as an archetype of Christ. However, the satirical relation found a special expression in an early 14th-century Hebrew illuminated manuscript from the Lake Constance region. The illustration depicting Solomon among a group of demonic players and a jongleur is a combination between the Eastern sources and the Western literature. Yet, the final result is similar to some later Muslim illustrations.