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Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

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Baptism of Christ--Rod Borghese rendition by Rod Borghese

And his rendition of Michael Pacher's 15th century painting,The Betrothal of the Virgin, pictures Mary and Joseph as the rural village Jews that they were, not as regal figures in a palatial setting with a high Christian church official performing the ceremony.

Betrothal of the Virgin--Rod Borghese rendition by Rod Borghese

It's time for scholars to acknowledge how the historical distortions in biblical depictions have contributed to anti-Semitism and to the false divide between Jews and Christians. It's time for art historians to start telling the truth about the falsification of biblical history. The truth will take nothing away from the magnificence of the artworks, but it will contribute substantially to authenticity and the healing of long-standing wrongs and wounds.

Note: Rod Borghese, an architect and painter in Ottawa, Canada, who has joined the art exhibit, along with other talented artists, is a distant descendant of the Italian Renaissance banking family that commissioned many paintings and collected a large body of others. Today, the famed Borghese Gallery in Rome houses one of the world's great art collections.

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Bernard Starr, PhD is a psychologist,journalist, and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. His latest book is "Jesus,Jews, and Anti-Semitism in Art:How Renaissance Art Erased Jesus' Jewish Identity and How (more...)

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Can art impact the way we perceive reality? If so,... by Bernard Starr on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:18:42 AM
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