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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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with a flair for the problematic and an ability to tap unexpected
sources can prove to be of considerable interest. His paper “Giotto
and Maimonides in Avignon” in the
Journal of the Walters Art
Gallery
of 1941 is a good example.
The advance in scholarship in the field of the history of Jewish
art is hampered by the lack of opportunities for teaching and
studying. College students have complained that in their art
courses they do not find any reference to works of Jewish art.
More recently, however, the syllabi of university courses have
begun to mention some material, especially archaeological.
INCREASING INTEREST EVIDENT
We need scholarly publications in addition to popular literature.
Unfortunately, there is no foundation interested in encouraging
this type of research, and the institutions actually willing to fur-
ther it have many other tasks to occupy them. I t is very hearten-
ing.to acknowledge the active part that the American Academy
for Jewish Research is taking in granting fellowships for art re-
search. The helpful attitudes of the
Jewish Quarterly Review
and
the
Hebrew Union College Annual
in offering space for papers on
the history of art also deserve to be noted. YIVO has taken the
initiative for starting a course in art history.
If things continue developing in this direction we may expect
that the interest in the plastic arts will soon rank with music,
the traditionally more popular pursuit.
A valuable collective effort has been made by the Commission
on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction headed by Prof. Salo
W. Baron and including scholars, educators and social workers.
The Commission has compiled a “Tentative List of Jewish Cultural
Treasures in Axis-Occupied Countries,” which has been issued as
a supplement to
Jewish Social Studies
(vol. VII1.1, 1946) and in-
eludes some material previously recorded by the Hebrew Univer-
sity of Jerusalem. The JDC, the American Jewish Committee
and the American Association for Jewish Education as well as
other Jewish organizations have lent their good services to making
the preparation of this volume possible. This list will serve as a
guide to our representatives in Europe in their search for the
scattered Jewish book and art treasures.
FRANZ LANDSBERGER’S RECENT WORK
The
History of Jewish Art
by Franz Landsberger issued in 1946
by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations appeared at the
right moment. The interest in Jewish art in this country has