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Sunday, January 31 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
What is Jewish Art?

The Second Commandment, which forbids the making of “any graven image,” might suggest that Jewish art is a contradiction in terms. Yet the rich history of Judaic visual culture is inseparable from the construction of Jewish identity. In this lecture we examine some of the greatest masterworks of Jewish art, including ritual objects and manuscripts, early synagogue architecture, the ancient frescoes of Dura Europos and the mosaic floors of the Beth Alpha Synagogue, and the work of such celebrated 19th-century Jewish artists as Moritz Oppenheim and Maurycy Gottlieb, the School of Paris, and Marc Chagall.

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Efrat El-Hanany

Dr. Efrat El-Hanany, an art historian, specializes in the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance, with interests in Chinese, Jewish and contemporary art. She graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a BA in the History of Art and East Asian Studies and a BA in Education... Read More →

Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm PST
Room A - Sanctuary