Center for Spain in America Fellow Julie A. Harris presents, “The Elusive Line between Ornament and Meaning in the Ornamental Carpet Pages of Iberian Hebrew Bibles (c. 1260–1320).”
Full-page “carpet pages” in the Hebrew Bibles of Iberia, like their counterparts in Insular Gospels, functioned as frontispieces to the books and to divisions within the text. While not iconographic in the traditional sense of the word, even ornamental carpet pages may be seen as deliberately meaningful, but the line between ornament and meaning is elusive and must be examined from the perspective of medieval Jewish visuality.
MARCH 3, 2020
5:30 pm-6:30 pm