IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 202: Jews and Christians in the Visual Arts, I: Conversion and Resisting It

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Katrin Kogman-Appel, Institut für Jüdische Studien, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / Department of History of Art, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Moderator/Chair:Debra Higgs Strickland, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Paper 202-aThe 'Judiezno': Depicting the Youthful Convert in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
(Language: English)
Pamela A. Patton, Department of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Texas
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Hagiography, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 202-bTwo Faces of Eve
(Language: English)
Shulamit J. Laderman, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Art History - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 202-cThe Tree of Life and the Tree of Death: The Hanging of Haman in Hebrew Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Institut für Jüdische Studien, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / Department of History of Art, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Our understanding of how Jews and Christians interacted in the Middle Ages, and how they perceived each other has changed significantly during the last decade or so. Recent research on the cultural history of the Jews has shown numerous modes of interaction and reaction. Whereas earlier publications on the image of the Jews in medieval and early modern art were primarily aimed at cataloguing and describing, recent works began to analyze these images in a broader historical context. The issue of conversion was dealt in this framework only marginally. The proposed papers deal with various issues of conversion as expressed in the arts from both the Christian and the Jewish point of view.