Menachem Wecker, a freelance journalist based in Washington DC, covers art, culture, religion, and education for a variety of publications.
The question has plagued artists ever since the Holocaust. At least one contemporary artist manages to pass the test.
Like Rembrandt’s, Steen’s art reflects a tremendous effort to humanize Jewish figures.
In his paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons, the 17th-century Spanish master humanizes his subjects, rendering them approachable and individual rather than remote and ethereal.