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The Jewish Body in Art Presented by Marc Michael Epstein

Lecture presented by the Art Story Foundation and Marc Michael Epstein, PhD, a renowned scholar, author, lecturer, and a Professor of Religion at the Vassar College..
The display of the human body and its representation in art are both topics that have the potential to be taboo in traditionally observant Jewish contexts. And yet bodies were portrayed-sometimes quite explicitly-in Jewish visual culture over the centuries. This lecture will look at the following questions: What characterizes the Jewish body as portrayed by Jews in art? How is the Jewish body depicted by enemies of
the Jews? Are there gender discrepancies between the way male and female bodies are depicted? What constitutes “appropriate nudity” in this highly problematic, taboo-skirting area of representation?
Wine & cheese reception to follow the lecture at 9-00pm.

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