Review: Wharton, Selling Jerusalem
Art Book magazine, a monthly publication from the Association of Art Historians, is carrying an interesting review of Annabel Jane Wharton’s Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks. Reviewer Hadas Yaron delivers a concise summary of Wharton’s work writing:
Selling Jerusalem is a fascinating analysis of place, objects, commodities and representations. In this account, Annabel Wharton explores Jerusalem from cultural-material and historical perspectives, concentrating on the connections between Christian Europe and North America and Jerusalem as they were, and as they are created through the possession and worship of relics (such as the cross), as well as paintings, buildings and models. Wharton wishes to draw our attention to the relationship between Jerusalem and the West, exploring not only how the city was and is represented in Europe and North America, but also how the city was and is materially possessed and lived in the West, and in this context how religious art, commerce and exchange are related to power and politics.
The August edition of the Art Book also contains several other reviews of our recent publications in art, art history, and architecture including Terry Smith’s The Architecture of the Aftermath and Anthony Alofsin’s When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and Its Aftermath, 1867-1933. You can find the online version here.