View of Mar Saba from Viewpoint

$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:00 am EST

Jerusalem evokes world-famous Jewish, Islamic, and Christian sites, sacred for today’s residents and visitors. But what about the other locations and memories that reveal an interconnected story central to the city’s history? In this program, we’ll focus on the bustling international medieval markets that attracted both traders and tourists. By learning about this material culture, we will see and feel how Jerusalem was already cosmopolitan in the medieval era.

You will:

  • Learn about Jerusalem as a trading hub for merchants traveling from as far as China and West Africa.
  • Discover why precious goods in the medieval market were so valued: inlaid metalwork and enameled glass, for example.
  • See the origins of a global trade in objects, many now in museum collections around the world.
  • Explore where medieval tourists traveled throughout the region, and what brought them there.

Your educator Jennifer Ball, PhD (New York University) is Professor of Art History at The City University of New York specializing in the art of the Byzantine Empire. Among other honors, Dr. Ball was recently awarded the Claire Tow Distinguished Teaching Award at CUNY.

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Image: Mboesch, Mar Saba, October 2016

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