Grace Cohen Grossman Jewish Art

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Jewish Art

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This magnificent volume is the first major survey of Jewish art to be published in thirty years. Superbly illustrated, Jewish Art presents a sweeping panorama of three thousand years of artistic creativity accompanied by informative and thought-provoking text.
More than 300 stunning full-color reproductions map an extraordinary odyssey that has traversed the globe. Jewish Art's richly detailed text provides historical, social, and religious background that places these remarkable treasures within the context of the forces that shaped them.
The rich culture and timeless traditions of the Jews have inspired works of art throughout history. The incredible range of the art presented here reflects every facet of Jewish life. Reverence for the Law is evident in exquisitely crafted furnishings for the synagogue: elaborately decorated ark curtains, Torah arks carved in wood or cast in bronze, Torah scrolls with silver and gilded ornaments, and lavishly embroidered Torah binders. Beautifully adorned objects celebrate the ritual observances of daily life - the Sabbath, holidays, and life cycle events - and attest to the value placed on preserving Jewish tradition in the home. Among the astonishing array of ceremonial articles and cherished family heirlooms presented here are such treasures as illuminated prayer books and marriage contracts, unusual and imaginative seder plates, a lovingly embroidered hallah cover, and Hanukkah lamps of infinite variety.

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Grace Cohen Grossman is a curator at the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.

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This handsomely illustrated survey of Jewish art extends from an eighth-century B.C. ivory pomegranate-shaped vase (the only known object attributed to King Solomon's Temple) through Hebrew illuminated medieval manuscripts to paintings by Marc Chagall and Larry Rivers. Grossman, a curator at the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, explores how Jewish artists have adapted the techniques of profoundly different cultures to create a distinctly Judaic artistic heritage, whether in a Byzantine mosaic synagogue floor, wrought-iron grillwork from a Prague synagogue, a velvet Torah mantle from Morocco or artwork from Israel, Austria, Ukraine, Prussia, Persia, England, Rome or the U.S. Clothing, paintings, prayerbook engravings, Sabbath lamps and plates, scrolls, silverware, marriage contracts and menorahs help reveal how Jews mark life-cycle passages. George Segal's sculpture The Holocaust (1982), Max Beckmann's oil The Synagogue (1919) and paintings by Raphael Soyer, Adolph Gottlieb, Chaim Soutine, Ben Shahn and Jack Levine infuse traditional themes with contemporary relevance. This magnificent gift book is a rich repository of Jewish history, life and art.

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