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From Court Jews to the Rothschilds. Art, Patronage, and Power, 1600–1800

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Editors & Curators

Vivian B. Mann, Richard I. Cohen.

Imprint

New York City, USA, 1996. 251 pp., illustrations: 69 col., 98 b&w, 28.5 × 24 cm. English.

ISBN

3791316249

Location

Jewish Museum New York (8 September 1996–17 January 1997)

Description

The phenomenon and impact of Court Jewry in the Germanic lands. Six in-depth essays cover the history of Court Jews (Yosef Kaplan), their involvement in economics and politics (Michael Graetz), their portrayal in Glückl von Hameln’s writings (Natalie Zemon Davis), and some outstanding figures: Alexander David of Braunschweig (Ralf Busch), Esther Liebmann (Deborah Hertz), and Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his sons (Fritz Backhaus). The final essay “Melding Worlds: Court Jews and the Arts of the Baroque” (Richard I. Cohen and Vivian B. Mann) examines the role of the Court Jew as patron of the arts, the revival of Hebrew manuscript illumination in this period, the use of art as propaganda (exemplified by the case of Jud Süß Oppenheimer), the influence of Court Jews on their communities and those who served them, etc. Detailed descriptive entries. 271 items.

main keywords

CEREMONIAL OBJECTSCOURT JEWSCZECH REPUBLICGLÜCKEL OF HAMELNHEBREW ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS, BOHEMIA-MORAVIA & GERMANY, 17TH–19TH CGERMANYHISTORICAL DOCUMENTSOPPENHEIMER, JOSEPH (“JUD SÜß”)PAINTINGSPATRONAGEPORTRAITSPRINTED BOOKSPRINTS

minor keywords

Aaron Wolf Herlingen of Gewitsch (scribe-artist)AmuletsAntisemitic images/objectsClocks/WatchesCoinsDrawings/SketchesHaggadot, illuminated manuscriptsHanukkah lampsHevra Kadisha beakersHomes/Residences, JewishMedalsPorcelainPrayers for the sovereignPrints, antisemiticPrints, Jewish figuresPrints, synagoguesRothschild FamilyScrolls of Esther, illuminatedShabbat lampsTorah Ark curtainsTorah Arks, miniatureTorah bindersTorah mantles

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