Edited by Eva Frojmovic

This peer-reviewed book series is dedicated to innovative and transdisciplinary scholarly work on visualities and material cultures from the end of antiquity to the Renaissance. Since the editors desire to puncture the European, even Western European boundaries habitually drawn around things medieval, the geographical and chronological parameters are loose, making it possible to examine the migration of symbols, objects and practices across global geographies and religious/spiritual traditions, and between the Middle Ages and modern medievalism. The series aims to build a bridge between the history of art and other fields in medieval studies: literary theory, manuscript studies, theology/religious studies, cultural anthropology, archaeology and material culture, gender studies. It seeks work with impact beyond disciplinary confines and established methodological paths.
Formats include monographs, essay collections, texts and translations.

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The series published an average of 1,5 volumes per year over the last 5 years.

Eva Frojmovic

The miniature of the eschatological banquet of the righteous in paradise pictured at the end of the Ambrosian Bible is read here through the lens of a cultural history or histoire des mentalités. The banquet motif is interpreted as a symbolic representation of transcendent order, by means of a bricolage of preexisting images and iconographies of social order. Ultimately, the eschatological setting of the aristocratic banquet suggests a polemical critique of a society that excluded Jews, and a vision of the courtly, exclusionary hierarchies of aristocratic Europe triumphantly subverted.

Imagining the Self, Imagining the Other

Visual Representation and Jewish-Christian Dynamics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Edited by Eva Frojmovic

This collection revisits the complex subject of medieval visual representations of Jews and Judaism by themselves and by Christians. The topics range from questions of Jewish identity in Iberian illuminated Hebrew manuscripts (13th-14th centuries) to representations of Synagoga and Judas in the Bible Moralisée and cathedral sculpture, to early modern Jewish self-images. The essays are prefaced by a critical study of the discovery of medieval Jewish art among art historians and cultural activists ca. 1900-35. The volume will be of value to art historians, as well as medieval and early modern historians with an interest in Jewish culture and Jewish-Christian relations.

Contributors include: Michael Batterman, Marc Michael Epstein, Eva Frojmovic, Thomas Hubka, Sara Lipton, Annette Weber, and Diane Wolfthal.