US Exhibit Shows Complex Christian-Jewish Ties In Medieval Spain

March 31, 2010

Author: Chris Herlinger

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3955

An exhibit in New York illuminates the complex relationship between Christians and Jews in medieval Spain and shows that producing art was often a cooperative, interfaith enterprise. The exhibit, "Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain," at the Museum of Biblical Art, does not downplay the tensions that existed in Spain and ultimately led to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. 

At the end of the display of more than two dozen paintings, tiles and other artefacts, visitors are reminded, in large script, that after 1492, the spirit of Jewish-Christian cooperation ended abruptly and tragically. 

Art critics have said, however, that the display, helps correct an oft-stated presumption that Jews did not produce art during the 14th and 15th centuries and that Jews and Christians had little interaction with one another.