Churches: The Art of Anti-Semitism

Hatred of Jews and Judaism was something that medieval man learned not merely from sermons and books condemning deicide but from art as well. In a new book called The Medieval Jew in the Mirror of Christian Art, published in France by the Roman Catholic Augustinian friars, Bernhard Blumenkranz presents the first scholarly study of the way that Jews were portrayed and caricatured in the paintings, sculpture, frescoes and illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

Until the 12th century, pictorial references to Jews were generally neutral and even approving. But from roughly A.D. 1100 to 1500, argues Blumenkranz, an Austrian...

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