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Uneasy CommunionJews, Christians, and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain

Published by GILES in association with the Museum of Biblical Art, New York

Add to Cart US$55.00

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 176 pages, 305 x 229mm (9 x 12in.), portrait

Illustrations — Up to 70 colour and 10 b&w illustrations

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-70-6

Book Details (pdf) — UNCOMM-AI-LR.pdf

Press Release — An extraordinary moment of artistic collaboration

Sales Points

"This volume, which is handsomely illustrated with many detailed illustrations and containing an extensive bibliography, is well worth a place in one's library" Richard Dellamora, Religion and the Arts "One of the most interesting publications in recent times on the presence of Jews in Medieval Spain" Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, Goya. Revista de Arte "While much has been published on Spanish altarpieces, very little has been written in English on the role of Jewish artists in the creation of altarpieces specifically, and on Jewish/Christian relationships in medieval Spain more generally... this exhibition catalog fills in this gap in scholarship from both an art historical and strictly historical perspective." "Recommended for all libraries." Amy Balmer, ARLIS

About the Book

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain, this volume provides a fascinating study of the iconography of altarpieces and the artistic collaboration between Jews and Christians. In the multi-cultural society of late medieval Spain, Jewish and Christian artists worked together to produce retablos (large multi-paneled altarpieces) as well as Latin and Hebrew religious manuscripts. The authors of this highly illustrated volume explore the methods of imagery, workshop locations and shop styles, and the relationship between Christians and Jews at this time, including their portrayal of one another through dress and appearance. The essays featured in this volume take us on a journey from the general to the particular, and include a study of Jewish communities within Spanish society of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by Thomas F. Glick, a survey of the painting of the period by Carmen Lacarra Ducay, an examination of specific artworks that address the issue of Jewish–Christian relationships by Vivian B. Mann, and a historiography of scholarship on Jewish involvement in the creation of Spanish medieval art by Marcus B. Burke. It features a glossary and a selected bibliography

About the Author(s)

Marcus B. Burke is curator of Paintings, Drawings, and Metalwork at The Hispanic Society of America, New York. Carmen Lacarra Ducay is professor of Ancient and Medieval Art History at the University of Saragossa, where she specializes in medieval art from Aragon and Romanesque and Gothic art from Navarre. Thomas F. Glick is professor of History at Boston University. Vivian B. Mann is director of the Masters Program in Jewish Art at the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Curator Emerita of the Jewish Museum.