Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, Volume 12

Edited by Bracha Yaniv, Sara Offenberg, Mirjam Rajner, and Ilia Rodov

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ISBN: 9781906764647

Publication: March 31, 2016

Series: Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art 12

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Ars Judaica is an annual publication of the Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University. It showcases the Jewish contribution to the visual arts and architecture from antiquity to the present from a variety of perspectives, including history, iconography, semiotics, psychology, sociology, and folklore. As such it is a valuable resource for art historians, collectors, curators, and all those interested in the visual arts.

Contributors: Zsofia Buda, Andreina Contessa, Monika Czekanowska-Gutman, Basema Hamarneh, Moshe Idel, Sharman Kadish, Reuven Kiperwasser, Rudolf Klein, Susan Nashman Fraiman, Ido Noy, Larry Silver, Ronit Sorek, Sharon Weiser-Ferguson

Volumes of Ars Judaica are distributed by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization throughout the world, except Israel.
Orders and enquiries from Israeli customers should be directed to:

Ars Judaica
Department of Jewish Art Bar-Ilan University
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telephone 03 5318413 fax 03 6359241

Bracha Yaniv is Professor of Jewish Art History at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and founding editor of Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art. She has published two pioneering books in Hebrew on the history, design, and iconography of ceremonial synagogue objects.

Ilia Rodov is Head of the Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of many works on European synagogue art, focusing on the history, patronage, and meanings of synagogue paintings, sculptures, architectural decoration, and furniture design.

Mirjam Rajner is Lecturer in the Jewish Art Department at Bar-Ilan University. Her numerous publications deal with the early art of Marc Chagall, the art of Russian, Polish, and South-Eastern artists of Jewish origin in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and the art created during and immediately after the Holocaust.

Sara Offenberg is Lecturer in the Jewish Art Department at Bar-Ilan University. She published articles and a book on Jewish-Christian relations in art and literature, the image of the Jew in Christian art and literature, Hasidei Ashkenaz, Piyyut Commentary, and Hebrew illuminated prayer books.

Editors' Note

Sacrifice in Balance: The Akedah—An Eschatological Perspective  ZSOFIA BUDA

Visualization of Colours, 2: Implications of David ben Yehudah he-Hasid's Diagram for the History of Kabbalah   MOSHE IDEL

The Mantua Torah Ark and Lady Consilia Norsa: Jewish Female Patronage in Renaissance Italy   ANDREINA CONTESSA

Challenging the Non-Jewish Images of a Jewish Queen: Portrayals of Esther by Early-Twentieth Century Jewish Artists   MONIKA CZEKANOWSKA-GUTMAN

The Fleuron Crown from Neumarkt in Silesia (Środa Śląska): Christian Material Culture in a Jewish Context   IDO NOY

Humour in Architecture: Jewish Wit on Béla Lajta’s Buildings   RUDOLF KLEIN

Chagall's Stained-Glass Syncretism   LARRY SILVER

Special Item
Zoya Cherkassky's Aachen Passover Haggadah: A Subversive Illuminated Manuscript   RONIT SOREK

Book Reviews
Mosaics Mirror of Faith
Rina Talgam, Mosaics of Faith: Floors of Pagans, Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and Muslims in the Holy Land

Rabbis as Visual Beings
Rachel Neis, The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture: Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity

Jewish Sanctuary in the Old and New Worlds
Barry L. Stiefel, with the assistance of David Rittenberg, Jewish Sanctuary in the Atlantic World: A Social and Architectural History
Barry L. Stiefel, Jews and the Renaissance of Synagogue Architecture, 1450-1730

Exhibition Reviews
Looking Back on a Forward Thinker: Moshe Zabari Retrospective
Moshe Zabari: Retrospective, curator and catalogue editor Nitza Behroozi Baroz
Bezalel: In and Out in Jewish Contemporary Art, curator and catalogue editors Shiriat-Miriam Shamir and Ido Noy

The Second Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2015

Format: Paperback

Size: 280 x 220 mm

128 Pages

5 B&W illustrations and 89 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9781906764647

Publication: March 31, 2016

Series: Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art 12

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