Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Ardon Bar-Hama
Digital photography funded by George S. Blumenthal, New York
First Nuremberg Haggadah
Southern Germany
Scribe and illustrator: Joel ben Simeon (active ca. 1449–87)
Handwritten on parchment; ink and watercolor; square and semi-cursive Ashkenazic script
H: 27; W: 19 cm
Gift of Erica Jesselson and the Jesselson family, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in honor of Teddy Kollek's 90th birthday
Accession number: B01.0850 ; 181/060
 
 
Active in both his native Germany and in northern and central Italy – especially in Florence – Joel ben Simeon had a profound influence on the illustration of Hebrew manuscripts. Unlike other scribes and artists, he signed most of his work, and we are able to identify more than a dozen manuscripts he created. This Haggadah, copied for Nathan ben Solomon, is thought to be the first and therefore represents his style while still a young man.

Publications:
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

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