The Renaissance is often considered tolerant towards mankind and its needs - towards sex, equality and democracy and towards different religions; this would suggest a similar move towards equality of women. Yet Medieval and Renaissance women remain vague, shadowy presences, existing only on the periphery of history and in the margins of literary culture. What actually took place and what was the role of Jewish women in Renaissance Italy?
What did the Renaissance mean to the Italian Jews of the time?
Lectures in this series will examine the internal structure of the Jewish community and the selective adoption of Renaissance intellectual development, culture and visual art. They will also show how Italian Jews were willing to share their own educational developments with the non-Jewish world and question whether Jewish women at the time were affected by the Renaissance or experienced some level of emancipation themselves.