Idolizing Pictures by Anthony Julius
Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Jewish Art (Walter Neurath Memorial Lectures)

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'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth' - Exodus 20:4 In this ground-breaking book Anthony Julius derives a Jewish aesthetic from the Second Commandment. The prohibition of idolatry is not just an injunction against idol worshipping, but a call to idol breaking; it promotes a creative iconoclasm which exposes through irony inflated claims about art. Julius identifies and celebrates those Jewish works of art which by their irony subvert artistic and politic idolatry. Idolizing Pictures is a manifesto for Jewish art.

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Anthony Julius, the eminent lawyer, writer, and lecturer, has been described as a partisan with fierce integrity, a brilliant legal mind, a considerable critic, and a worldly philosopher who relishes disturbing the consensus. His previous books include "T. S. Eliot: Anti-Semitism and Literary Form" and "Idolizing Pictures,
Published April 1, 2001 by Thames & Hudson. 120 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Idolizing Pictures: Idolatry, Iconoclasm and Jewish Art Anthony Julius 120pp, Thames & Hudson, £8.95 Buy it at a discount at BOL Anthony Julius has written a restless book, brief but bristling with questions and buffeted by bigger waves than art-world spasms, for it does nothing less than da...

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This short book, based on lectures given in London, weighs in on a different medium, taking on "Idolatry," "Jewish Iconicism," "Iconoclasms" and "Jewish Creativity" in the visual arts.

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