Medieval Haggadah Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination

ISBN-10: 0300156669
ISBN-13: 9780300156669
Edition: 2011
List price: $75.00
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Description: In this beautifully illustrated book, historian Marc Michael Epstein explores four magnificent and enigmatic illuminated haggadot--manuscripts created for use at home services on Passover. They include the earliest known surviving illuminated  More...

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Book details

List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.586

In this beautifully illustrated book, historian Marc Michael Epstein explores four magnificent and enigmatic illuminated haggadot--manuscripts created for use at home services on Passover. They include the earliest known surviving illuminated haggadah: the Birds' Head Haggadah, made in Mainz around 1300, in which many of the faces on the human figures depicted throughout are replaced with those of birds. Also presented is the Golden Haggadah from Barcelona, c. 1320-30, along with two Spanish "siblings," the Rylands Haggadah and its purported Brother, made between 1330 and 1340, which share similar iconography and style. Though the importance of these manuscripts is universally acknowledged, Epstein examines them with fresh and creative eyes, offering insightful solutions to long-unresolved questions concerning the meaning of the art contained within them. In addition, he uses these treasured volumes as a springboard to address broader issues in the study of Jewish thought and culture.

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