Artworks commonly Christianized Jesus, his family and close followers while omitting their Jewish identities. This phenomenon contributed significantly to the historic rift between Christianity and Judaism by picturing Jesus and Jews as separate.
Antique Judaica is a micro-niche in the art and antique world. There are about 15 million Jews in the world, but only about 700 active collectors. One would think that with such a small market base, there would be almost zero demand for antique Judaica. It's actually quite the opposite.
Over the centuries, there have been many different ways to decorate the Torah. Like all Judaica, there is no particular style of Jewish art. Jews adapted their decoration to whatever surrounding local style they were living in. Here are some examples.
Today, the communal lifestyles of Jews are evolving and changing unlike anything in the last several centuries. Many synagogues and community centers are scrambling to figure out how to connect to a younger generation that is more transient and globally minded than ever before.
Whatever the odds, there was a lot to be said about religion and religious art at TEFAF. In virtually ever section of the fair, there were at least dozens of examples of fascinating works with religious content and themes.
When people insist the Holocaust isn't a fit subject for any artist's undertaking, Kiefer, who attended the opening after refusing to come to this country while George W. Bush was in office, unequivocally gives the lie to the contention.