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After Hieronymous Hess
"DIE BEKEHRUNG DER JUDEN IN ROM" AND "DAS INNERE EINER SINAGOGE IN ROM" : TWO LITHOGRAPHS
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500700
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201
After Hieronymous Hess
"DIE BEKEHRUNG DER JUDEN IN ROM" AND "DAS INNERE EINER SINAGOGE IN ROM" : TWO LITHOGRAPHS
Estimate
500700
LOT SOLD. 2,750 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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A Treasured Legacy: The Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection

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After Hieronymous Hess
BASEL 1799 - 1850
"DIE BEKEHRUNG DER JUDEN IN ROM" AND "DAS INNERE EINER SINAGOGE IN ROM" : TWO LITHOGRAPHS
lithographs
Executed by von Guise under the artist's supervision, published by J. Velten, Carlsruhe, 1823
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Catalogue Note

In his two prints based on his paintings from 1823,  Swiss artist Hieronymus Hess contrasts a scene of Jews sitting through a conversionist sermon in a church in Rome with a lively scene of Jews attending services in Rome’s main Synagogue, the Tempio Italiano. The church scene portrays a Catholic practice of requiring Jews to listen to conversionist sermons which persisted until well into the 19th century.

In the church scene, the Jews portray a variety of emotions, from indifference and boredom to anxiety,  as the priest aggressively preaches to the crowd. In the synagogue scene the crowd is sufficiently at home in their environment  that they casually ignore the official proceedings, preferring instead to converse among themselves while children play boisterously among the pews.

Hess’s perceptive compositions achieve a high level of social satire and are among his most well-known and frequently reproduced works.


related literature

Vivian B. Mann, Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy, 1989, cat. no. 93, pp. 254-255, no illustration (another example)  
Moritz Oppenheim: The First Jewish Painter. Ex. cat. p. 89, cat. no. V.3, b/w illustration on p. 59
Margarete Pfister-Burkhalter, Hieronymus Hess 1799-1850, 1952, pls. 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b (another example)
Alfred Rubens, A Jewish Iconography, 1982, Synagogue Interior illustrated no. 1693

A Treasured Legacy: The Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection

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