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Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus would likely be horrified by the image of him displaying a crucifix. The only crucifix he ever held was the one he was nailed to in the brutal process of his crucifixion.

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Like my students, Jews have shunned Jesus and failed to recognize his dedicated commitment to Judaism -- a recognition that does not require accepting him as the Messiah.

Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Bill O'Reilly disputed the two main points of my recent blog on The O'Reilly Factor broadcast: My affirmation of Jesus' lifelong dedication to Judaism (meaning he did not start a new religion) and the assertion that Renaissance art representations of Jesus omit his Jewish identity and thus falsify biblical history.

Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Try to locate even a hint of Jesus' Jewish identity and heritage in Renaissance paintings and you will find yourself on a fruitless quest. Some respondents bristled at what they perceived as the suggestion of a conspiracy to suppress Jesus Jewish identity. But the falsification of biblical history in artworks was not a conspiracy.

Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Isn't it time to celebrate the common heritage of Judaism and Christianity, despite the differences between the two faiths? Isn't it time to endorse Pope Francis's bold statement: "A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic; his roots are Jewish"?

The Idiot's Guide To Identifying Classic Paintings

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts

Can you tell a Rembrandt from a Caravaggio? Or a Rubens from a Michelangelo? If you answered no, have no fear. There's a quick and painless guide to t...

The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians -- and the Mystery of the Missing Circumcision in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Art historians, curators, and critics offer extensive commentary on the minutest details and nuances of artworks but ignore the glaring and obvious falsification of biblical history.

Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Contemporizing biblical figures is not the end of the story. It's the starting point of a gross misunderstanding. Contemporizing -- and fashioning in your own image -- is one thing, but erasing identities is another matter, a serious matter with serious consequences.

Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency.

Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

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.

Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting

John Seed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Although I am used to looking at contemporary art -- which often broadcasts its messages with great immediacy -- I found myself slowing down and scanning the 15-century works on view in their entirety, hoping for more subtle moments.

Jewish Jesus Visits the Jewish Museum

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Bernard Starr

While Chagall's powerful paintings restore Jesus's Jewish identity, they focus primarily on one theme: the common ground of suffering -- Jesus suffering on the cross signifying the suffering of Jews in horrendous persecutions.

Seeking The Next Michelangelo: Religious Art Gets An Update

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion

FLORENCE, Italy (RNS) Set in a luscious park along the banks of the Arno River, an art school is trying to revive the tradition of sacred art that mad...

Astronomy in Renaissance Art

Mario Livio | Posted 10.16.2013 | Arts
Mario Livio

The heavens have always been a source of inspiration for poetry, music and the visual arts. It was only natural then, that at the end of Medieval times, with the first signs of the Renaissance, the heavens would start making an appearance in important works of art.

A New Look at Perception (Thank You, El Greco)

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.13.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

The El Greco fallacy is a peculiar kind of illogical thinking, which is highly intuitive but obviously wrong once it's illuminated. It may be keeping alive one of the most popular -- but questionable -- ideas now current in the field of human perception.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

In every gallery I was surrounded by paintings that featured a cast of characters and lavish settings that bore no resemblance to the world that Jesus and his followers inhabited. Every wall greeted me with blond, fair-skinned European figures.

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Michael Roth | Posted 03.23.2013 | College
Michael Roth

"The Last Supper" seemed to many to be a miraculous work of art because its revolutionary combination of realism, dramatic power and attention to detail was unlike anything before. By casting light on the historical context of the work, King has enabled us to see the painting anew.

Celebrating Circumcision

William M. O'Barr | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
William M. O'Barr

Circumcision is an ancient practice whose origins date back thousands of years. Genital surgeries on both males and females are routine in many indige...

Raphael Makes A Splash At Louvre

AP | Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts

PARIS -- Raphael, the third in the Renaissance trinity of Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, is famed for his serene paintings of classic subjects &...

Happy Birthday, Michelangelo!

Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts

Today we commemorate the prolific artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, aka Michelangelo, on what would have been his 537th birthday. Wha...

'Mona Lisa' Copy Draws Big Crowds

AP | By CIARAN GILES | Posted 04.22.2012 | Arts

MADRID -- Crowds gathered Tuesday at Madrid's Prado Museum to view a copy of the "Mona Lisa" for the first time since restoration revealed it was almo...

Caravaggio: A Renaissance Badass In Fort Worth

Tom Rhodes | Posted 02.18.2012 | Travel
Tom Rhodes

"Sacrifice of Isaac" depicts Abraham about to prove his devotion to God by slitting the throat of his son Isaac when a winged angel steps in to intervene.

PHOTOS: Ugly Renaissance Babies

Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

We've all been in that awkward situation where a new mother or father introduces us to their pride and joy, and all we can think is, "that baby's kind...

Mona Lisa's Miles: The Misadventures Of Leonardo's Masterpiece On The Road

ARTINFO | Posted 09.03.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

Italian historian Silvano Vincenti, known for his scheme to dig up the bones of Lisa Gherardini, the presumed model for the Mona Lisa, is trying to br...

Guess The Artist: Answer Revealed!

Posted 08.17.2011 | Arts

Yesterday we showed you the work of art below and asked you to guess the artist who created it. Thousands of you guessed in our poll, but less than 50...