Jewish Art and Cultural Exchange: Theoretical Perspectives
Der Aufsatz untersucht eine Reihe von Fallbeispielen zum Thema Kulturaustausch in der jüdischen Kunst und beleuchtet diese vor dem Hintergrund verschiedener theoretischer Ansätze.
This paper deals with cultural exchange, an issue crucial for the study of medieval Jewish art. It aims to propose a more precise definition of Jewish pictorial art than that of a minority operating within different majority cultures by discussing different theoretical concepts. The paper presents historical-anthropological models of interpretation, on the one hand, and theoretical formulations derived from literary studies, on the other. These concepts are examined in several art-historical test cases from the field of Jewish art in which the issue of cultural exchange is particularly crucial. Conclusions drawn from these test cases may shed light on the applicability of such models in the context of visual culture.