Michelangelo und die jüdische Moderne

by Asher D. Biemann
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This book explores the cultural and intellectual affinities between modern Judaism and the life and work of Michelangelo Buanrroti. It argues that Jewish intellectuals found themselves in the image of Michelangelo as an “unrequited lover” whose work expressed loneliness and longing for humanity's response. Turning to the uncanny, Jewish writers brought to live Michelangelo's sculptures, seeing in them their own worldly and emotional struggles. While the Moses statue often became and archetype of Jewish liberation politcs, the Sistine Chapel appeared as a manifesto of prophetic socialism, devoid of its Christian elements. Jewish self-recognition in Michelangelo's work thus offered an alternative to the failed promises of the German enlightenment.


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Illustrations Note:
mit 3 Abbildungen
Media Type:
Buch gebunden
V&R unipress
Biography Artist:
Biemann, Asher D.
Prof. Dr. Asher D. Biemann lehrt jüdische Philosophie an der University of Virginia.

Faßmann, Heinz
Prof. Dr. Heinz Fassmann ist er Bundesminister für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung der Republik Österreich.
Reading Group Guide:
Philosophen, Historiker, jüdische Theologen.
Original Title:
Dreaming of Michelangelo
Number of Pages:
Die moderne jüdische Rezeption der Werke Michelangelos als Spiegel hybrider Identität und Selbstschöpfung

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Hardback book
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0.236 x 0.156 x 0.016 m; 0.4 kg
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