Uneasy Communion

Vivian B. Mann, curator at the Museum of Biblical Art, discusses the artistic collaboration between Christians and Jews in the Middle Ages.

The exhibition "Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain" tells the story of this fascinating moment of artistic collaboration, and provides a glimpse into the lives of these communities that lived side by side. It's on view at the Museum of Biblical Art through May 30.

Anonymous (Cataluña) - "Christ among the Doctors" (Early 15th century, Tempera and gold on wood)
Anonymous (Cataluña) - "Christ among the Doctors" (Early 15th century, Tempera and gold on wood) ( The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Friedsam Collection )
Conc. Maimonides, Scribe: Levi ben Isaac ben Caro (Barcelona) - "Moreh Nevukhim (Guide to the Perplexed)" (1348, Ink, gold, and gouache on vellum)
Conc. Maimonides, Scribe: Levi ben Isaac ben Caro (Barcelona) - "Moreh Nevukhim (Guide to the Perplexed)" (1348, Ink, gold, and gouache on vellum) ( The Royal Library, Denmark )
Miguel Jiménez and Martin Bernart (Zaragoza) - "St. Helena Interrogating Judas" (1485-87, Oil on panel)
Miguel Jiménez and Martin Bernart (Zaragoza) - "St. Helena Interrogating Judas" (1485-87, Oil on panel) ( Museo de Zaragoza )
Miguel Jiménez and Martin Bernart (Zaragoza) - "St. Helena Meeting with the Jews" (1485-87, Oil on panel)
Miguel Jiménez and Martin Bernart (Zaragoza) - "St. Helena Meeting with the Jews" (1485-87, Oil on panel) ( Museo de Zaragoza )
Anonymous (Teruel) - "Tajador (Plate)" (Mid-14th century, Ceramic)
Anonymous (Teruel) - "Tajador (Plate)" (Mid-14th century, Ceramic) ( Museo de Teruel )
Miguel Jiménez and Martin Bernart (Zaragoza) - "Profetas Malaquías, Daniel y Ezequiel (The Prophets Malachi, Daniel and Ezekiel)" (1485-87, Tempera on panel)
Miguel Jiménez and Martin Bernart (Zaragoza) - "Profetas Malaquías, Daniel y Ezequiel (The Prophets Malachi, Daniel and Ezekiel)" (1485-87, Tempera on panel) ( Museo de Zaragoza )
Domingo Ram (Aragon) - "Retablo of St. John the Baptist, Annunciation to Zacharias" (Late 15th century, Tempera on wood, gold ground)
Domingo Ram (Aragon) - "Retablo of St. John the Baptist, Annunciation to Zacharias" (Late 15th century, Tempera on wood, gold ground) ( The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection )
Anonymous (Castile) - "Retablo of the Virgin and Child, The Circumcision of Jesus" (Second half of the 15th century, Tempera on Panel)
Anonymous (Castile) - "Retablo of the Virgin and Child, The Circumcision of Jesus" (Second half of the 15th century, Tempera on Panel) ( The Hispanic Society of America )
Anonymous (Teruel) - "Plato Seder (Seder Plate)" (15th century, Ceramic: tin, copper and magnese glaze)
Anonymous (Teruel) - "Plato Seder (Seder Plate)" (15th century, Ceramic: tin, copper and magnese glaze) ( Museu de Ceràmica, Barcelona )
Anonymous (Aragon) - "Vidal Mayor (MS. Ludwig XIV 6)" (ca. 1290-1310, Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment bound between wood boards covered with modern green morocco)
Anonymous (Aragon) - "Vidal Mayor (MS. Ludwig XIV 6)" (ca. 1290-1310, Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment bound between wood boards covered with modern green morocco) ( The J. Paul Getty Museum )
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