The Lost Mirror: Jews and Conversos in Medieval Spain



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Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Lost Mirror. Jews and Conversos in Medieval Spain, held at the Museo Nacional del Prado from 10 October 2023 to 14 January 2024.

Every image we create is a mirror that reflects a way of seeing. We look at the world and at others in relation to ourselves, through our own mentality and attitude. Using a broad selection of works, this exhibition recreates a medieval mirror that shows how Jews and conversos (converts to Christianity) were portrayed by Christians in Spain from 1285 to 1492. Images played a key role in the complex relationship between all three groups during this period. On the one hand, they were an important vehicle for the transmission of rites and artistic models between Christians and Jews and provided a space for collaboration between artists from both communities. On the other – the grim flipside – they helped spread the growing anti-Judaism embedded in Christian society. In this respect, the visual stigmatisation of the Jews was a faithful reflection of the Christians’ mirror, of their beliefs and anxieties, and accordingly a powerful means of asserting their identity.

Additional information

Weight 1202 g
Dimensions 22.2 x 27.3 cm
Publisher name Museo Nacional del Prado
Publication date 8 April 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Joan Molina Figueras
Dimensions 22.2 x 27.3 cm
Weight 1202 g


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Edited by Joan Molina Figueras, curator of the exhibiton and Head of the Department of Spanish Gothic Painting at the Museo del Prado.

With texts by Sonia Caballero Escamilla, Javier Castaño, Cloe Cavero de Carondelet, Cèsar Favà Monllau, Borja Franco Llopis, Yonatan Glazer-Eytan, Joan Molina Figueras, David Nirenberg, Pamela A. Patton, Felipe Pereda and Paulino Rodríguez Barral.