Richard I. Cohen/Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Artistic Depictions of Jews in Early Modern Europe"

 

February 04, 2014 7:00pm

Richard I. Cohen/Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Artistic Depictions of Jews in Early Modern Europe"



Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Artistic Depictions of Jews in Early Modern Europe

Visual depictions of Jews in early modern Europe attracted artists of Jewish origin in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they looked for figures to emulate and to express their own personal vicissitudes. This lecture will focus on an array of figures (e.g., Spinoza, Uriel da Costa, Moses Mendelssohn) depicted in diverse situations by some of these later artists (e.g., Antokolskii, Gottlieb, Hirszenberg, and Liebermann) and discuss how their portrayals offer a historical interpretation in a visual mode.

Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Richard I. Cohen is the Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies and the former head of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include The Burden of Conscience: French-Jewish Leadership during the Holocaust (1987), and Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe (1998), which received the Arnold Wischnitzer Prize for the best book in Jewish history. This year at the Katz Center he is studying visual representations of Jewish figures and the penetration of visual images into Jewish life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.




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