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Jewish art
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Jewish art has attracted discussion and research since the 19th century, although the expectation that the minority would conform to the surrounding majority culture, and the resulting stylistic plurality, make defining its specific features a complex task. Up until Emancipation in the 18th/19th century, the exclusion of Jews from Christian-run crafts and trades guilds and the biblical ban on graven images impeded the establis…

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Weber, Annette, “Jewish art”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021704>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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