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Title :

Jewish identity in modern art history; Berkeley; London; University of California Press

Anti-Semitism and aniconism : the germanophone requiem for Jewish visual art

Author :
BLAND, Kalman P. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Argues that anti-Semitism and Jewish assimilation profoundly shaped the modern discourse on Jewish art. The author writes 'I investigate the 19th-and early-20th-c. Germanophone intellectuals who first authorized the doctrine of Jewish aniconism. Their disciples perpetuated and modified it. Coping with Jewish emancipation and anti-Semitism, these intellectuals, including Kaufmann Kohler, were intent on dissociating Judaism from the visual arts. Their motives were mixed: aniconism was either a vice to be condemned or a virtue worthy of praise. Condemnation served the ideological needs of those who hoped to rid Europe of Judaism. Praise served the ideological needs of those who struggled to perpetuate assimilated Jewish life in Diaspora. Regardless of ideological motive, they agreed that Judaism was fundamentally aniconic'. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 530-V - 1800-1945 ;
French keywords :
Aniconisme ; Antisémitisme ; Image ; Intellectuels ; Judaïsme ; Juif (art) ; Juifs ; Théorie ; Théorie de l'art ; 1800-1930 ; 1800-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Aniconism ; Antisemitism ; Art theory ; Imagery ; Intellectuals ; Jewish art ; Jews ; Judaism ; Theory ; 1800-1930 ; 1800-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
25010670 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 05202130330520213041 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ; UNITED KINGDOM ;