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The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of Classical Antiquity (Jewish and Christian Perspectives)

The quantity explores the stone carved shrines for the scrolls of the Mosaic legislation from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century synagogues within the former Polish nation. Created at the margin of mainstream paintings and at a crossroad of numerous cultures, creative traditions, aesthetic attitudes and languages, those indoor architectural constructions have hitherto now not been the topic of a monographic examine. Revisiting and integrating a number of resources, the writer re-evaluates the connection of the Jewish tradition in Renaissance Poland with the medieval Jewish background, sepulchral paintings of the Polish courtroom and nobles, and previous diversifications of the Christian revival of classical antiquity by way of Italian Jews. The publication uncovers the evolution of inventive patronage, aesthetics, expressions of identities, and rising visions between a spiritual minority at the cusp of the fashionable age.

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Friedenberg, Medieval Jewish Seals from Europe (Detroit, 1987), 31–35; Shalom Sabar, “The Beginnings and Flourishing of Ketubbah representation in Italy: A examine in renowned Imagery and Jewish Patronage throughout the 17th and Eighteenth Centuries” (Ph. D. thesis, l. a., 1987), 271–85. 70 bankruptcy 3 Toledo, the royal brand of León (Fig. 2) signaled the patron’s shut relatives with the king. sixty two whilst the lion was once depicted within the synagogue, it raised the Radbaz’s situation that it should divert the worshippers’ focus from prayer63 to idolatry.

209 Index of Names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Index of areas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 Figures and Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . after web page 240 list of figures and plates VII checklist OF FIGURES AND PLATES All figures and plates are positioned in separate sections at the back of this quantity. Figures 1. Toledo, Samuel Ha-Levi Abulafia’s synagogue (El Tránsito). Prayer corridor, ca. 1357 and later adjustments.

Ninety four  The defend of the Messiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety nine  The Tree of lifestyles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108  A Message Encrypted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 VI contents five. advancements of the Isserls’ version in Kazimierz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred and fifteen  The previous Synagogue: A Renaissance upkeep of a Gothic   Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116  The New Torah Ark within the previous Synagogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124  The excessive Synagogue: An Italian Jewish shopper in Kazimierz?.

113 VI contents five. advancements of the Isserls’ version in Kazimierz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred fifteen  The previous Synagogue: A Renaissance preservation of a Gothic   Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116  The New Torah Ark within the outdated Synagogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124  The excessive Synagogue: An Italian Jewish purchaser in Kazimierz?. . 128  The Torah Ark within the excessive Synagogue: Refitting the Puzzle’s   Pieces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131  The Kupah: A Collective Patronage over the Synagogue.

1572) at western facet of the Isserls’ Synagogue. 2. 7. Cracow (Kazimierz), the Isserls’ Synagogue. Israel Isserl’s dedicatory inscription, 1553, and its body, 1557–58. 2. eight. Cracow (Kazimierz), the Isserls’ Synagogue. Prayer corridor, taking a look eastward. picture, 1932. 2. nine. Cracow (Kazimierz), the Isserls’ Synagogue. Prayer corridor, having a look in the direction of southeast. picture, ca. 1963. 2. 10. Cracow (Kazimierz), the Isserls’ Synagogue. Prayer corridor, having a look in the direction of southeast. picture, sooner than 1939. 2. eleven. Cracow (Kazimierz), the Isserls’ Synagogue.

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