Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

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Judaism is associated with the biblical prohibition of graven images (Aniconism) and with a focus on texts. However, there has never been a general ban on visually oriented creations for Jews. They have been active in the visual arts in every epoch. While art and craftsmanship have been practiced at a high level since biblical times in the sacred context, it was not until the Enlightenment and emancipation that Jews were …

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Edward van Voolen, Amsterdam, “Art”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0434>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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