DEPICTION OF JEWS IN MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE ART

On Zoom 7-9 pm Thursday, October 21
Register at Beth-Jacob.org/Art

Explore the image of Jews in visual art from the early Middle Ages through the Renaissance. In a time when literacy was uncommon, these images were the political cartoons and posters of the age. Jews have been depicted as monsters, subhuman, animals or demons. Medieval depictions of monsters were not designed simply to scare their viewers: They had many purposes, and provoked many reactions. They enforced prejudices and social hierarchies. In this lecture, we will see paintings, sculptures, reliefs and gargoyles that are clear evidence of this, and discuss the fine line between free speech and incitement to violence.

This lecture will be presented by Claudia Hercman, who has been one of Beth Jacob’s favorite Zoom presenters this year!