- Editors: Barbara Boehm and Melanie Holcomb
- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 352
- Illustrations: 354
- Dimensions: 9 1/4'' x 12''
- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 9781588395986
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This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue.
Medieval Jerusalem was a vibrant international center, home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages. This book explores work from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions, highlighting the patrons, artists, pilgrims, poets, and scholars who represented or adorned the multicultural Holy City, despite often devastating circumstances—from the earthquake of 1033 to the fierce battles of the Crusades.
This is the first publication to focus on the 11th through the 14th century, a moment of unparalleled creativity and ferment in this city's complex history. Through insightful essays and nearly 200 works of art, this groundbreaking book explores the meaning of this sacred space to its many faiths, and its importance as a destination for tourists and pilgrims. It examines how Jerusalem sparked the creative imagination of residents and foreigners alike, providing both real and imagined views of the medieval city that served as the crossroads of the known world.
Barbara Drake Boehm is Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Melanie Holcomb is Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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