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The amount explores the stone carved shrines for the scrolls of the Mosaic legislations from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century synagogues within the former Polish country. Created at the margin of mainstream artwork and at a crossroad of various cultures, inventive traditions, aesthetic attitudes and languages, those indoor architectural buildings have hitherto no longer been the topic of a monographic examine. Revisiting and integrating a number of resources, the writer re-evaluates the connection of the Jewish tradition in Renaissance Poland with the medieval Jewish history, sepulchral paintings of the Polish court docket and nobles, and past variations of the Christian revival of classical antiquity by way of Italian Jews. The booklet uncovers the evolution of inventive patronage, aesthetics, expressions of identities, and rising visions between a non secular minority at the cusp of the fashionable age.

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Ninety nine  The Tree of lifestyles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108  A Message Encrypted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 VI contents five. advancements of the Isserls’ version in Kazimierz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred fifteen  The outdated Synagogue: A Renaissance maintenance of a Gothic   Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116  The New Torah Ark within the outdated Synagogue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124  The excessive Synagogue: An Italian Jewish buyer in Kazimierz?. . 128  The Torah Ark within the excessive Synagogue: Refitting the Puzzle’s   Pieces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131  The Kupah: A Collective Patronage over the Synagogue. . . . . . . . 137  The Torah Ark within the Kupah Synagogue: A “Folk Renaissance”   in the Baroque Age. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 6. From Kazimierz to Pińczów and Szydłów. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143  The Jews of Pińczów lower than the Protestants and Catholics. . . . . . one hundred forty four  The Pińczów Synagogue: A Protestant effect or a Bequest?. . . 148  Szydłów: A Synagogue in a Royal city . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157  The Masonry Workshop in Pińczów. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 7. Revivals of old artwork within the layout of Late-Sixteenth- to Mid-. Seventeenth-Century Arks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred sixty five  The Triangular Pediment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred sixty five  Obelisks and Pyramids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173  The Seven-Branched Candelabrum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Afterword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 representation credit and assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Index of Names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Index of areas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 Figures and Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . after web page 240 list of figures and plates VII checklist OF FIGURES AND PLATES All figures and plates are put in separate sections at the back of this quantity. Figures 1. Toledo, Samuel Ha-Levi Abulafia’s synagogue (El Tránsito). Prayer corridor, ca. 1357 and later adjustments. 2. Toledo, Samuel Ha-Levi Abulafia’s synagogue (El Tránsito). Dedicatory inscription to left of Torah ark, ca. 1357. three. John Strożecki, “Cracow and Its Vicinities” in Hartmann Schedel, Liber Cronicarum (Nuremberg, 1493). four. Worms, synagogue. Prayer corridor, 1174/75, and later reconstructions. photo, sooner than 1938. five. Prague, Altneuschul. Southern nave of prayer corridor, taking a look eastward, late-13th century. 6. Albrecht Altdorfer, “Prayer corridor of the Synagogue in Regensburg ahead of Its Destruction. ” Engraving, 1519. 7. Abraham Neu, “Interior of the Worms Synagogue. ” Lithograph, prior to 1842. eight. Heinrich Hoffmann, “Interior of the Worms Synagogue. ” Watercolour, earlier than 1842. nine. Carl Hertzog, “Interior of the Worms Synagogue. ” Lithograph, ca. 1860. 10. Cracow, Wawel Cathedral. Franciscus Florentinus and Jörg Huber, Tomb of John Albrecht, 1501–05. eleven. Cracow, Wawel Cathedral. Bartolommeo Berrecci, Sigismund Chapel: external, 1517–33.

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