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Abraham in Medieval Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Art

Edited by Colum Hourihane

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240 pages
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152 color/30 b&w illustrations
2013

The Index of Christian Art: Resources

Abraham in Medieval Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Art

Edited by Colum Hourihane

Abraham, son of Terah or Azar and husband of Sarah, is one of the pivotal figures of the Old Testament and is generally seen as the founder of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. He was a rich source of inspiration in all three faiths for artists of the medieval period. His life narrative from birth to death is richly recorded in a variety of media dating from the early Christian period to the end of the sixteenth century. As varied as they are numerous, the images in all three faiths show Abraham as father, husband, lover, warrior, politician, refugee, and traveler but most importantly as the symbol par excellence of steadfastness in faith. Featuring the extensive files from the Index of Christian Art, this volume also includes contributions from The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art by Ariella Amar and Michel Sternthal and a catalogue of Islamic imagery compiled by Rachel Milstein.

 

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Abraham, son of Terah or Azar and husband of Sarah, is one of the pivotal figures of the Old Testament and is generally seen as the founder of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. He was a rich source of inspiration in all three faiths for artists of the medieval period. His life narrative from birth to death is richly recorded in a variety of media dating from the early Christian period to the end of the sixteenth century. As varied as they are numerous, the images in all three faiths show Abraham as father, husband, lover, warrior, politician, refugee, and traveler but most importantly as the symbol par excellence of steadfastness in faith. Featuring the extensive files from the Index of Christian Art, this volume also includes contributions from The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art by Ariella Amar and Michel Sternthal and a catalogue of Islamic imagery compiled by Rachel Milstein.

This is the first volume from the Index of Christian Art to include not only images from the rich Christian holdings but also from Judaism and Islam. Covering media from enamels to terra cotta, each entry gives specific information on the object’s current location, source, date, and artist, where this is known.

Colum Hourihane is Director of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

List of Abraham Scenes in the Index of Christian Art

Catalogue of Abraham Scenes in the Index of Christian Art

List of Abraham Scenes in Islamic Art

Catalogue of Abraham Scenes in Islamic Art, Compiled by Rachel Milstein

List of Abraham Scenes in Jewish Art

Catalogue of Abraham Scenes in the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, Compiled by Ariella Amar and Michal Sternthal

Index of Catalogued Objects