"The Wandering Jew, "Ahasver, is a homeless soul who knows no rest. Emerging in Christian legend in the Middle Ages, he (very occasionally, she) has meandered through vast areas of western art as a vehicle of widely differing cultural significance. Even though he appeared in many unusual places and at particular times, he could often be seen with some characteristic traits—carrying a sack on his back, holding a staff, and wearing a small purse.
Follow international expert Richard I. Cohen as he explores the history and symbolism surrounding this archetypal traveler.
Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies