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Psalms, Job, and Proverbs
Florence, Italy
Mid-15th century
Scribe: Isaac ben Obadiah of Forlì (active 1427–70s)
Handwritten on parchment; dark brown ink, tempera, gold leaf; semi-cursive Italian script
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Rheims, Paris
Accession number: B67.0276 ; 180/055

This tiny codex is one of 25 manuscripts ascribed to or signed by Isaac ben Obadiah. Each of its three biblical books opens with a full-page illustration: David and Goliath; Job with his three friends; and the Judgment of Solomon. The first page of Psalms contains the coat of arms of the Medici ruler of Florence, Lorenzo the Magnificent, a great Renaissance patron of the arts – evidence that during this time Hebrew manuscripts were commissioned by Christian humanists as well as by Jews.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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