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PerloveHISTART 393 / JUDAIC 317 / MEMS 360 / RCCORE 334: City of Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Culture: Paintings, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography, and Maps

Fall 2016

Landscape view from the perspective of a ruin in the foreground. A village of white buildings is visible in the background, at the foot of two hills.
Francis Frith
View at Hebron
1857
albumen print | paper
Gift of Frederick P. and Amy McCombs Currier
1988/1.94.1-2
An interior scene with an eye-level view of a church altar with low-relief carvings on the façade situated on a raised dais behind a balustrade and flanked by two sculpted angelic figures. Above is a rounded-arch opening in which sits a sculpture of a female figure with candelabras on either side. A chandelier hangs in front of the altar.
Felix Bonfils
Intérieur de l'Ecce Homo – Interior of the "Ecce Homo"
1867 – 1885
albumen print | paper
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond
1994/2.28.7
A battle scene with the sun's rays shining down through the clouds. At the center, a man has fallen from his horse and lays on the ground. From the clouds above, a voice comes down, inscribed "SAVLE SAVLE QVID ME PERSEQVERIS." At base of print is written "Totus lesus in Paulo consumptus est. Chrysost. Iesus-Christ s'est enployé tout entier en ce mystere."
Jacques Callot
Conversion of St. Paul [La Conversione de St. Paul]
etching | laid paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
2013/2.544
A man seated on a throne under a canopy on the right looks toward a group of standing figures on the left. A group of soldiers in helmets and armor and spears surround a tall bearded man who stands looking at the seated official. In the distance is a view of a town in a landscape and at the feet of the seated man is a dog.  The print is signed in the block "AD" on the lower left of the recto.
Albrecht Dürer
Christ before Caiphas from "The Small Woodcut Passion"
1509 – 1511
woodcut print | laid paper
Gift of Prof. Eugene and Mrs. Marie Glysson
2011/2.56
A group of Hassidic men standing over a body covered in a cloth. There are windows behind them.
Leonard Freed
Jewish Funeral, Jerusalem, Israel
1972
vintage gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2014/2.332
A group of Hassidic men praying inside of a religious place. They are all standing, facing forward.
Leonard Freed
Jewish Men Praying, Jerusalem, Israel
1968
vintage gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
2014/2.331
Photograph of a large stone carving occupies the center of the image. Above is rough-cut stone, indicating that the carving is part of a larger stone setting; below is a recess and darkness, indicating that the carving acts as a kind of decorative lintel above a cave entrance. The carving itself consists of eight square zones (or metopes) and within each is a decorative pattern of radial symmetry (circles) or vegetative imagery. The frieze is located above the entrance to the Apostles' Retreat, Valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem.
Auguste Salzmann
Details of the Entrance Frieze of the Apostles' Retreat, Valley of Hinnom, Jerusalem
1854 – 1856
salted paper print | paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Director's Acquisition Committee, 2014
2014/2.104
A print of a multi-leaved plant. The plant is in black in white but the image is framed in red.
Jim Dine
Jerusalem Plant
1982
lithograph | paper
Gift of Gertrude Kasle
2011/1.70
A. R. Penck
The Opposition Want to Overthrow the Government, from 'Expedition to the Holylan
1983
two-color screenprint | Arches vellum paper
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
1984/2.2.15
Marc Chagall
The Bible: The People of Israel
1929 – 1939
etching | paper
Museum Purchase
1959/1.95
The photograph shows a rectangular stone tower from below with crenellated battlements, small grated windows, and a sloping base.
Felix Bonfils
Tour de David – The tower of David
1867 – 1885
albumen print | paper
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond
1994/2.28.6
Landscape view from the perspective of a ruin in the foreground. A village of white buildings is visible in the background, at the foot of two hills.
Francis Frith
View at Hebron
1857
albumen print | paper
Gift of Frederick P. and Amy McCombs Currier
1988/1.94.1-2

This course studies images of Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic culture, with emphasis upon religious texts and images of paintings, architecture, sculpture, photography, and maps. The course spans the years from the medieval through the 21st century, a period which witnessed intense interest in this region from a religious, political, and even romantic perspective. Jerusalem occupied the very center of the world in T-shaped maps of the middle ages, and the city long remained the focus of attention for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Christian rulers vainly attempted to launch crusades, now and then, from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries; yet despite failures to accomplish this goal, the attraction to Jerusalem remained strong. Biblical sources and scholars, both Jewish and Christian, continuously sought to reconstruct an “authentic” image of the ancient city in order to better understand the historical events of the past, and Christians embarked upon pilgrimages to the holy land to renew their faith and achieve salvation. Christians, Jews, and Muslims also focused upon Jerusalem as the site for events of the end of time. European travelers were attracted by the exotic landscape and people of this region and its Arabic inhabitants in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Jewish settlers of the early decades of the 20th century viewed Palestine as an ancient homeland of Jewish renewal and refuge from persecution, a concept that especial meaning during and after the Holocaust. Visual images of the city are a focus of our studies of this rich history. We will study maps, plans, and photography of the Holy Land in the Harlan Hatcher Map Collection and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The course will culminate with the study of contemporary Israeli and Palestinian art dealing with the preeminent concept of the Holy Land as homeland

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