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dc.contributor.authorFine, Steven
dc.identifier.citationFine, Steven. (2013). Menorahs in color: Polychromy in Jewish visual culture of Roman antiquity. Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture 6 : 3-24.en_US
dc.identifier.issnOnline ISSN: 1871-8000
dc.identifier.issnPrint Only ISSN: 1871-7993
dc.identifier.uriDOI: 10.1163/18718000-12340001en_US
dc.descriptionScholarly articleen_US
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, polychromy has developed as a significant area of research in the study of classical art. This essay explores the significance of this work for interpreting Jewish visual culture during Roman antiquity, through the focal lens of the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project. In July 2012, this project discovered that the Arch of Titus menorah was originally colored with yellow ochre paint. The article begins by presenting the general field of polychromy research, which has developed in recent years and resulted in significant museum exhibitions in Europe and the US. It then turns to resistance to polychromy studies among art historians, often called “chromophobia,” and to uniquely Jewish early twentiethcentury variants that claimed that Jews were especially prone to colorblindness. After surveying earlier research on polychromy in Jewish contexts, we turn to polychromy in ancient Palestinian synagogue literature and art. Finally, the article explores the significance of polychromy for the study of the Arch of Titus menorah panel, and more broadly considers the importance of polychromy studies for contextualizing Jewish attitudes toward Roman religious art (avodah zarah).en_US
dc.publisherKoninklijke Brill NV, Leidenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesImages: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture;6
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectclassical arten_US
dc.subjectArch of Titusen_US
dc.subjectArch of Titus Digital Restoration Projecten_US
dc.subjectRoman antiquityen_US
dc.subjectYeshiva University Center for Israel Studiesen_US
dc.subjectSoprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Romaen_US
dc.titleMenorahs in color: Polychromy in Jewish visual culture of Roman antiquity.en_US

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