My article “Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Nearly 275 years after Alessandro Magnasco’s death, experts still aren’t sure what to make of his work — particularly four paintings of synagogues. Known as il Lissandrino, Magnasco was born 350 years ago Feb. […]
My article, “Do We All Have an Inner Gandhi — and a Hitler Too?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My review “We’ve Seen Martin Luther From Both Sides Now” of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Martin Luther exhibition appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My article “How Did This Ass Wind Up on a Stained Glass Window?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. It’s the result of a visit to Minneapolis’ Basilica of Saint Mary, where I found myself face to face with a stained-glass window celebrating the biblical Balaam.
My article “Did Mexican Artists Produce the First Images of the Holocaust?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Velvet-black smoke pours out of a locomotive looming on the horizon, accentuating the train’s length. It ascends heavenward, but the smoke is no Exodus pillar of cloud guiding the Israelites. This ominous billowing form […]
My article about Mark Podwal’s new series, “Art traces history of anti-Semitism,” appears in National Catholic Reporter.
My article “What Rembrandt Painted When He Painted Jews” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s a selection: …When Lloyd DeWitt, chief curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia, and edited the exhibition catalog “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” saw the Morgan exhibit, he was impressed by Rembrandt’s fascination with the […]
My article “How the Nazis ‘Normalized’ Anti-Semitism by Appealing to Children” appears in Smithsonian magazine.
My review of E.M. Rose’s book “The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe” appears in the Federalist, titled “Blood Libel And The Enduring Legacy Of Anti-Semitism.”
My article “The Jewish Secrets of Video Game Guru Ralph Baer” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Jewish inventor Ralph H. Baer’s workshop desk isn’t exactly messy, but the 180 items on it represent the sort of organized chaos that cliché prescribes for brilliant minds. On a shelf sits his 1978 invention […]