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Illuminations. Hebrew Treasures from the Vatican and Major British Collections

in Catalog of Catalogs Online

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Curator

Robin Navrozov.

Collection

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Imprint

London, United Kingdom, 2010. 39 pp., illustrations: 5 col., 17 col. postcards, 19 × 13 cm. English.

Location

Jewish Museum London (25 June–10 October 2010)

Description

19 exquisite Hebrew illuminated manuscripts and 5 printed books from the collections of the Vatican Library and several British institutions. Introduction by Robin Navrozov highlights several of the manuscripts displayed, and emphasizes the exhibition’s wider goal of exploring links between faiths. Gianfranco Ravasi’s essay briefly recounts the significance of Biblical Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Afterword by Simon Schama declares that this glorious display will “kill off the cliché” that Jews, due to the Second Commandment, have throughout the ages been hostile to artistic imagery. Each of the objects is thoroughly described, with details from 9 of them reproduced on a set of 17 color postcards enclosed within the catalog’s slipcover. 25 items.

main keywords

HEBREW ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTSPRINTED BOOKS

minor keywords

Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, Ashkenaz, 12th–14th CHebrew illuminated manuscripts, BiblesHebrew illuminated manuscripts, France, 12th–14th CHebrew illuminated manuscripts, France, 15th–16th CHebrew illuminated manuscripts, Italy, 15th CHebrew illuminated manuscripts, Spain, 12th–14th CJoshua ibn Gaon of Soria (scribe-artist)Joshua ibn Hayyim (scribe-artist)

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