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Jerusalem in the Middle Ages

Online / Art in Context

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 4 – 6pm


The Dome of Rock mosque at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

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In the Middle Ages, Jerusalem was a bustling commercial center and home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all of whom regarded the city as integral to their faiths. Following the routes of Christian and Jewish pilgrims in the Middle Ages, we will examine Jerusalem as a city on the Silk Road, and the glass, metalwork, pottery, and textiles for which it was famous. Jerusalem loomed large in the medieval imagination across the known world; we will see illuminations in popular stories and in religious manuscripts.


Jennifer Ball

Ball is a professor of Byzantine art at the City University of New York. She is the author of several books and articles, often focusing on textiles and dress, and has contributed to major exhibition catalogues, including Jerusalem, 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016).

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?