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First Nuremberg Haggadah

First Nuremberg Haggadah

First Nuremberg Haggadah

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, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in honor of Teddy Kollek's 90th birthday

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Jewish Art and Life

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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


Sacred Beauty: Treasures of Judaica and Jewish Ethnography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 3/11/2005 - 1/21/2006