From Court Jews to the Rothschilds, 1600-1800: Art, Patronage, Power

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From Court Jews to the Rothschilds 1600-1800 is a groundbreaking study that examines the role of Jews as agents in the service of many kinds of patrons, from local nobles to emperors. In addition to collecting and commissioning precious jewelry and works of art for the court, they provided all manner of goods, including military equipment and supplies. Many Jews also made important contributions to architecture by financing and implementing large building projects. Some maintained the ruler's mint, collected ...
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1996 Hardcover 69 full-color and 98 b&w illustrations. Brand New. Pristine hardcover edition. 100% Money Back Guarantee! Ships within 1 business day, includes tracking. ... Carefully packed. Serving satisfied customers since 1987. Read more Show Less

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Munich 1996 Softcover First Paperback Edition New 3791316249. SOFTCOVER. Cover is heavy paper. Pages are clean and tight; this is a NEW book. Published in conjunction with the ... exhibition 'From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage and Power 1600-1800', at the Jewish Museum of New York 8 September 1996--17 January 1997. Essays by various contributors. Illustrated with dozens of color and b/w photographs. Sections are: Court Jews Before the Hofjuden; Court Jews in Economics and Politics; Riches and Dangers: Glcikl has Judah Leib on Court Jews; Case of Alexander David of Braunschweig; Despised Queen of Berlin Jewry, or the Life and Times of Esther Liebmann; Last of the Court Jews--Mayer Amschel Rothschild and His Sons; Melding Worlds: Court Jews and the Arts of the Baroque. Catalogue: Clocks and Instruments; Coins, Medals and Plaques; Documents; Drawings; Manuscripts; Metalwork; Paintings; Porcelain; Printed Books and Graphics; Textiles; Wood, Ivory and Stone; bibliography; Index of Proper Names and Pl Read more Show Less

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From Court Jews to the Rothschilds 1600-1800 is a groundbreaking study that examines the role of Jews as agents in the service of many kinds of patrons, from local nobles to emperors. In addition to collecting and commissioning precious jewelry and works of art for the court, they provided all manner of goods, including military equipment and supplies. Many Jews also made important contributions to architecture by financing and implementing large building projects. Some maintained the ruler's mint, collected taxes, and assisted in diplomatic negotiations. Court Jews often became extremely wealthy and powerful members of society, some of them adopting the lifestyles, dress, and even architecture of their patrons, while remaining true to their religious origins. In many cases they were generous benefactors of their own communities, establishing schools and synagogues, printing books, commissioning ceremonial objects, and acting as patrons of the arts. This book is illustrated with stunning photographs of objects commissioned by and associated with Court Jews from collections all over Europe, America and Israel. It charts the development of the Court Jew phenomenon from early Islamic times through to the early 1800s, with particular emphasis on the 17th and 18th centuries. It includes short biographies of outstanding figures - among them several women, such as Gluckl of Hameln and Esther Liebmann - with an account of their achievements and of their relationship to Jewish communities and to general society. This is the first book to discuss the cultural transformation of Court Jews in the context of Baroque art and architecture, and the first to illustrate such a diverse representative selection of works.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791316246
  • Publisher: Prestel Verlag GmbH & Co KG.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface and Acknowledgments 8
Court Jews before the Hofjuden 11
Court Jews in Economics and Politics 27
Riches and Dangers: Glickl bas Judah Leib on Court Jews 45
The Case of Alexander David of Braunschweig 59
The Despised Queen of Berlin Jewry, or the Life and Times of Esther Liebmann 67
The Last of the Court Jews - Mayer Amschel Rothschild and His Sons 79
Melding Worlds: Court Jews and the Arts of the Baroque 97
Footnotes to the Essays 124
Catalogue: Clocks and Instruments 134
Catalogue: Coins, Medals and Plaques 138
Catalogue: Documents 147
Catalogue: Drawings 157
Catalogue: Manuscripts 164
Catalogue: Metalwork 180
Catalogue: Paintings 191
Catalogue: Porcelain 199
Catalogue: Printed Books and Graphics 202
Catalogue: Textiles 232
Catalogue: Wood, Ivory and Stone 240
Selected Bibliography 248
Index of Proper Names and Places 250
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