A Jewish Jesus: Art and Faith in the Shadow of World War II
A groundbreaking one-day conference called ‘A Jewish Jesus: Art and Faith in the Shadow of World War II’.
How did a German-Jewish refugee artist come to be responsible for more murals in Church of England churches than any other artist in its entire history? Who were the other Jewish artists employed by the Church or using Christian iconography in the post-war period? And what has become of their work today? Do these artists deserve greater recognition and what can be done to save their works, many of which are under threat?
Using Feibusch as a starting point, the conference will address the broader theme of Jewish artists who produced work for the Church and/or employed Christian iconography during the 1930s-1950s, a period dominated by the rise of Fascism, World War Two and the Holocaust, in which the figure of Jesus was often seen (by Jews and non-Jews alike) as the embodiment of contemporary Jewish suffering.
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