Conferences

Rembrandt and the Jews Symposium

Daniel Swetschinski

Daniel Swetschinski

Historian

The Biblical Imagination of Rembrandt's Portuguese Jewish NeighborsThursday, December 5, 2002 @ 8:30pmChazen Museum of Art, Room L160

Historian Daniel Swetschinski speaks on "The Biblical Imagination of Rembrandt's Portuguese Jewish Neighbors," a comparison of Amsterdam's Portuguese Jews' use of the Bible and Rembrandt's biblical works. Swetschinski is the author of Reluctant Cosmopolitans: The Portuguese Jews of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam, which won the National Jewish Book Award.

Shelley Perlove

Shelley Perlove

Professor of Art History, University of Michigan at Dearborn

Breaking Challah: Rembrandt's Supper at Emmaus (1648) and the Jews of AmsterdamThursday, December 5, 2002 @ 4:30pmChazen Museum of Art, Room L160

Shelley Perlove's talk, "Breaking Challah: Rembrandt's Supper at Emmaus (1648) and the Jews of Amsterdam," examines how Rembrandt's painting reflects the attitudes and strategies of a group of Christian reformers in Amsterdam centered around Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel who sought a rapprochement with Jews. A professor of art history at the University of Michigan at Dearborn and a prominent Rembrandt scholar, Perlove has published widely on the intersection of art, politics, and religion.

This event is part of the Rembrandt and the Jews Symposium

Miriam Bodian

Miriam Bodian

Associate Professor of History and Jewish studies, Pennsylvania State University

Protestant Bible-Reading and the Image of the JewsThursday, December 5, 2002 @ 3:30pmChazen Museum of Art, Room L160

Miriam Bodian offers a slide-presentation on "Protestant Bible-Reading and the Image of the Jews." Her lecture discusses how the Protestant style of Old Testament reading, de-emphasizing Christology and emphasizing hearth and home and story-telling, contributed to a changing image of Jews. Bodian is associate professor of history and Jewish studies at Pennsylvania State University and author of Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation, a study of Amsterdam's Sephardic Jews in the seventeenth century.

This event is part of the Rembrandt and the Jews Symposium

Larry Silver

Larry Silver

Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania

New Jerusalem: Rembrandt, Jews, and ChristiansThursday, December 5, 2002 @ 7:30amChazen Museum of Art, Room L160

Larry Silver, professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania, specializes in painting and the graphic arts of the Low Countries. His lecture, "New Jerusalem: Rembrandt, Jews, and Christians," considered Rembrandt's concern for Christian-Jewish relationships. Silver argues that despite Rembrandt's regular contact with Jewish neighbors, his art most often stresses traditional contrasts between Jewish law and Christian grace, possibly signaling Rembrandt's hope for Jewish conversions to usher in a millennial epoch during the 1650s.

This event is part of the Rembrandt and the Jews Symposium