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Jewish Art

The Torah prohibits graven images. But it doesn't prohibit art. Indeed, it describes the artistic endeavors of Bezalel and others in decorating the Tabernacle.

We're not experts on art here at the Jewish Book Mall, but you could probably make the case that Jewish art and artists developed over the centuries with this in mind. Jewish ceremonial art avoids images even today. Consider what you might see on a mizrach (a wall hanging showing , a parochet (ark cover), torah mantle, havdalah spice box, etc. One of the most common themes in Jewish art has long been nature, especially plants. (Here and there, you'll find animals as well, like the lions that are part of the Jerusalem municipality's seal today.)

Another common Jewish art form has been the ketubah, the marriage contract. It's the practice among some couples to commission an artist to include artistic renditions of various parts of their lives or personalities in the ketubot, such as something suggesting where they met, that he's a Yankees fan, that she is a cat lover, as well as more traditional depictions of Jerusalem.

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Here are some more books on Jewish arts of various forms (plastic, visual, musical, literary). Also see our new selection of Marc Chagall books. If, instead of books (or in addition!) you want some beautiful Jewish art, have a look at our Jewish and Israeli Posters page.

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And I Shall Dwell Among Them

jewish art

Complex Identities: Jewish Consciousness and Modern Art

jewish art

Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe

jewish art

The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years

jewish art

Venice and Environs Jewish Itineraries: Places, History and Art (Jewish Itineraries)

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944

jewish art

The Jewish Spirit: A Celebration in Stories & Art

jewish art

Traditional Jewish Papercuts: An Inner World of Art and Symbol

jewish art

The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems With a Jewish Theme

jewish art

Jewish Origami

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Tuscany Jewish Itineraries: Place, History and Art (Jewish Itineraries)

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At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture

jewish art

Ketubbah: The Art of the Jewish Marriage Contract

jewish art

Jewish Identity in Modern Art History

jewish art

Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust

jewish art

Screening the Holocaust: Cinema's Images of the Unimaginable

jewish art

American-Jewish Filmmakers: Traditions and Trends

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Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry)

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Painting a Place in America: Jewish Artists in New York 1900-1945

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Landscapes of Jewish Experience: Paintings (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series, 25)

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The Hebrew Bible in art

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Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz

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Fixing the World: Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life)

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The Dura-Europos Synagogue

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The French Connection: Jewish Artists in the School of Paris, 1900-1940

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Pictori evrei din Rom„ania : 1848-1948

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Images of a Lost World: Jewish Motifs in Polish Painting, 1770-1945

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Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone

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A Sculpture of Love and Anguish: The Holocaust Memorial, Miami Beach, Florida

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Rubies and Rebels: Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary British Art

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Jewish Artists: The Ben Uri Collection: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture

jewish art

My Brother's Keeper: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of an Artist

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Peintres juifs et modernite: Montreal, 1930-1945 (Jewish painters and modernity)

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Jewish Life: Paintings by Saul Raskin in Postcards

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A Brush With Death : An Artist in the Death Camps (Suny Series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture)

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Treasures of Jewish Art

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Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Freidl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin

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Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change: 1890-1990

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Women of the Book : Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes

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Jews in Russian Literature After the October Revolution: Writers and Artists Between Hope and Apostasy (Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature)

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The Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth-Century Europe

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Jewish Art

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Jewish Museums of the World

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Portraits of Jews: By Gilbert Stuart and Other Early American Artists

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Miniature Paintings in Judaeo-Persian Manuscripts

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My Shalom, My Peace: Paintings and Poems by Jewish and Arab Children

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Spiritual Resistance: Art from Concentration Camps, 1940-1945: A Selection of Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Kibbutz Lohamei Haghetaot

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Jewish Artists: The Ben Uri Collection: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture

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Jews/America/a Representation

jewish art

Drama and Ideology in Modern Israel

jewish art

Judaic Artisans Today

jewish art

Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of Hayim Nahman Bialik (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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A Traveler Disguised: The Rise of Modern Yiddish Fiction in the Nineteenth Century (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Rock 'N' Roll Jews (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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God, Man, and Devil: Yiddish Plays in Translation (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Hurban: Responses to Catastrophe in Hebrew Literature (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Enlarging America: The Cultural Work of Jewish Literary Scholars, 1930-1990 (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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Contemporary Jewish American Writers and the Multicultural Dilemma: The Return of the Exiled (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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