The Renaissance’s surge of creativity made a great impression on Italian Jewish society. The extant manuscripts and objects reveal a daring shown by the artists and their patrons – one that is unparalleled in traditional European Jewish art. We will learn about the creators of these works and the involvement of the Jewish patrons.
What did the Renaissance mean to the Italian Jews of the time?
Lectures in this series will examine the internal structure of the Jewish community and the selective adoption of Renaissance intellectual development, culture and visual art. They will also show how Italian Jews were willing to share their own educational developments with the non-Jewish world and question whether Jewish women at the time were affected by the Renaissance or experienced some level of emancipation themselves.