The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 29, 2014


Israeli Museum Unveils Rare Renaissance Manuscript
An ancient Hebrew manuscript with illuminations made by master Italian artists from the late 1400s is presented to the media after its restoration at a paper laboratory at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 22, 2010. The manuscript dates from the late 1400s, and is a copy of an important work of Jewish law written by a medieval philosopher three centuries earlier. It is one half of the original manuscript, with the other half held by the Vatican library in Rome. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner.

By: Matti Friedman, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP).- Experts at Israel's national museum have completed the restoration of a 15th-century Hebrew manuscript with exquisite illustrations made by master Italian artisans, officials said Thursday.

The Renaissance masterpiece is a copy of the Mishneh Torah, an important work of Jewish law written three centuries earlier by the medieval philosopher and rabbi Maimonides.

The manuscript, written on animal skin, discusses laws governing property, ritual purity and agriculture. It includes Hebrew words in gold leaf and miniature figures in colorful dress against brilliant skies of a blue shade made from lapis lazuli stones.

It took a year for a team at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to repair the manuscript and prepare it for display, curator Anna Nizza said.

The museum has half of the original book, which was divided into two parts in the 19th century. The other half is owned by the Vatican Library.

The manuscript displayed to reporters Thursday was created in Italy just as the era of great illuminated manuscripts was drawing to a close and the art of bookmaking in Europe was being permanently altered by the advent of the printing press.

James Snyder, the museum's director, said the manuscript was produced by one of the top Renaissance workshops and is "perhaps without parallel in character."

The scribe, whose name is given in an inscription as Nehemia, was Jewish, but curators believe the craftsmen behind the illustrations were Christians working under the guidance of a wealthy Jewish family that commissioned the book. It was not uncommon at the time for Christian artisans to create ritual artifacts for Jews.

A U.S. couple bought the work from a family in Frankfurt, Germany, for an undisclosed price in 2007 and has lent it to the museum. It is slated to go on display in July.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Israel Museum | Anna Nizza | Rare Renaissance Manuscript |




Today's News

April 23, 2010

King Tutankhamun Returns to New York After More than 30 Years for Last Leg of U.S. Exhibit

Christie's Presents the Most Valuable Chinese Painting Ever Offered at Auction

Sotheby's to Sell Long-Lost Art Trove of Ambroise Vollard

New Work by Joel Shapiro on View at The Pace Gallery

Museum for African Art Announces April 2011 Opening

Auction Record for a Scottish Colourist Achieved at Sotheby's London

First Major Exhibition to Examine Andy Warhol as an Artist and Entrepreneur

Israeli Museum Unveils Rare Renaissance Manuscript

Egypt's Zahi Hawass Chides Museums over Antiquities

Christopher Makos Presents Vintage Polaroids at Christopher Henry Gallery

Internationally Renowned Artists Enrich K21 in Dusseldorf

Chagall Discovery Adds Excitement to Bonhams Impressionist Auction

The Mint Museum Appoints Kathleen Jameson as New Executive Director

Excellent Results Mark European Paintings Sale at Bonhams New York

Egypt Finds Hoard of 2,000-Year-Old Bronze Coins

Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing Awarded Silver LEED Certification

Huntington to be the First U.S. Venue for Important Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes Exhibition

Private Collections Soar at Sotheby's Russian Art Sale

The American Institute of Architects select the 2010 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Art Book Collection of Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner Donated to the Brooklyn Museum Library

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site