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Dangerous Rhetoric: Blood Libel in the Middle Ages & Today

April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A manuscript in the collection of the Getty Museum contains the only image of Little Robert of Bury to survive from the Middle Ages. Promoted as a Christian martyr murdered by Jews, the story of Little Robert was likely invented by an abbot looking to garner support in an election year. Blood libel is the false and incendiary claim that Jews kill Christian children for use in rituals that mock the crucifixion. In this conversation, a panel of experts discusses the medieval origins of blood libel mythology and its pervasive reverberations in today’s visual and political landscape.
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Image: Scenes from the Martyrdom of Robert of Bury (detail), about 1480–1490, Unknown maker (English). Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


April 22, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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