Event: An Odd Coupling: Jews and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Place: Stein Chapel, JTS (The Jewish Theological Seminary), 3080 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10027
Little attention has been given to the role of Jews as artists in medieval Spain and even less to their creation of works of art for the church. Among these were the large altarpieces of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries known as retablos. Dr. Vivian Mann’s talk will examine examples of altarpieces painted by Jews and conversos (Jews who had converted to Catholicism), and the depictions of contemporary Jews and their synagogues on late medieval retablos.
Dr. Mann curated “Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and Altarpieces of Medieval Spain,” currently on display at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York City. She is also the volume editor of the exhibition’s catalog and author of one of its essays, “Jews and Altarpieces.”
Related: “The Torah in the Altarpiece” (Tablet Magazine)