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The Rothschild Miscellany
Veneto, Northern Italy
ca. 1460–80
Unidentified scribe
Handwritten on vellum; brown ink, tempera, gold and silver leaf; square and semi-cursive Ashkenazic script
H: 21; W: 15.9 cm
Gift of James A. de Rothschild, London
Accession number: B61.09.0803o.s. ; 180/051

The Rothschild Miscellany is a unique collection of 37 distinct texts: biblical and liturgical books; Rabbinic exegesis (midrash); texts on Jewish law, ethics, and philosophy; astronomy and historical legend; and even entertaining literature. With illumination on almost every leaf, this 946-page manuscript contains more than 200 detailed vignettes illustrating the text, dozens of gold and painted initial-word panels, and a variety of animal and floral ornamental depictions. Produced in a master workshop in Renaissance Italy, it represents the creative pinnacle of Hebrew manuscript painting.

From the Israel Museum publications:
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004
Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006
3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 29/03/2005 - 12/11/2005

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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