Reification and Reconciliation in an Age of Conversion and Translation: The Message of Toledo’s Choir Screen

An unusual stone screen added to the choir of the Cathedral of Toledo, Spain around the 1380s contains unprecedented representations of Old Testament scenes, biblical and apocryphal. This talk offers new views on the iconography of the piece, drawn and adapted from an eclectic array of manuscripts including moralized bibles, possibly haggadahs, and at least one illustrated, secular narrative in Arabic.

Image caption: New Tablets of the Law, Choir screen, Toledo Cathedral, ca. 1380, image courtesy of Tom Nickson.