My Grandparents, My Parents and I: Jewish Art and Culture

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A fascinating and enlightening examination of art through the lens of Jewish culture and history.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Rabbi and art historian Edward van Voolen has brought together numerous works that expand our view of Jewish life and art. Organized in a loosely chronological format, this book introduces readers to works that reflect the dramatic events of the past and explore the eternal search for Jewish identity. He points out the Jewish aspects of works by...

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Overview

A fascinating and enlightening examination of art through the lens of Jewish culture and history.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Rabbi and art historian Edward van Voolen has brought together numerous works that expand our view of Jewish life and art. Organized in a loosely chronological format, this book introduces readers to works that reflect the dramatic events of the past and explore the eternal search for Jewish identity. He points out the Jewish aspects of works by predominantly nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists such as Modigliani, Pissarro and Frida Kahlo, among others, and discusses these themes within the paintings of Barnett Newman and the sculpture of Richard Serra. His accompanying text explores the connection between Judaism and art and culture, helping readers approach familiar images through a new and exciting perspective.

Edward van Voolen is curator of the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. His previous books include Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture (Prestel).

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Rabbi van Voolen's (curator, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam; Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture) ambitious volume explores the role Jews have played in various media of the visual arts and traces Jewish history from the Spanish and Dutch golden ages to the Holocaust and beyond. It gives a whirlwind history of Judaism and Jewish history and culture in an introductory 25-page essay, then offers periodic examples of various forms of visual arts representing the Jewish cultural contribution to Western civilization. The format is historical and chronological, with generous illustrations from bibles, synagogues, paintings, sculptures, and architectural representations. Each chapter focuses on an important artist and a representative "Jewish" image produced by that artist. And while the roster of Jewish artists here is by no means comprehensive, it is impressive—both luminaries (e.g., Amedeo Modigliani) and more contemporary artists (e.g., Jacques Lipschitz) are included. There's also a short essay on composer and painter Arnold Schoenberg, as this volume attempts to see Jewish "art" in the broadest of aesthetic contexts. A very informative time line and a bibliography for further readings on each artist round out the book. A useful and informative addition to art library collections; recommended.
—Herbert E. Shapiro Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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  • ISBN-13: 9783791333625
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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