Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror

The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography

Hardback416pp Illustrated

9780805079104     Product Code: 504592

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Hebrew prophets and Israelites appeared in early Christian art but only after 1000 CE did the Jew emerge as a recognizable figure, soon to become a poisonous symbol. Sara Lipton argues that the visual stereotypes were neither an inevitable result of Christian theology nor simple reflections of prejudice. She traces complex relationships between medieval Christians’ religious ideas, social experience and changing artistic practices, and shows how representations of Jews transformed over time from benign figures of ancient wisdom to vicious caricatures.

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