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Cultural ExchangeJews, Christians, and Art in the Medieval Marketplace$
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Joseph Shatzmiller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156996

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156996.001.0001

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The Decorated Home of the Rabbi of Zurich

The Decorated Home of the Rabbi of Zurich

(p.61) Chapter Four The Decorated Home of the Rabbi of Zurich
Cultural Exchange

Joseph Shatzmiller

Princeton University Press

This chapter offers a testimonial to the influence that success had on the development of the aesthetic taste of Jewish financiers. It describes the decorations in an apartment discovered in the mid-1990s in the city of Zurich. In this apartment, between the years 1320 and 1330, lived the family of the exceedingly rich Rabbi Moses ben Menahem, the spiritual leader of the city's small community who is well known today to rabbinic scholars. Today, almost all of the modern scholars' knowledge about the inner life of the Jews of medieval Germany depends on rabbinic writings and on religious objects that survived the centuries, while knowing close to nothing about other trends that were part of their culture.

Keywords:   Jewish financiers, Zurich, Moses ben Menahem, rabbinic scholars, medieval Germany, religious objects

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