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Watercolor of soldiers invading the home of a Jewish family

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.571

History painting by Herman ten Kate (1832-1891) depicting soldiers bursting into the home of a Jewish family. It is described as an episode in the history of the persecution of Jews in the Middle Ages, but the soldiers wear short skirted Roman uniforms and other details seem out of place. History painting was a popular genre which depicted a serious narrative, of real or imaginary events, often with a moral or noble message. History refers to the Italian istoria, narrative or story, and not a depiction of actual events. Pictures were often based on subjects from the Bible, mythology, or historical events. This painting is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Artwork Title
A Pogrom in the Middle Ages
creation:  1863
creation: Netherlands
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:50:25
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