Catalog of Catalogs Online, A Bibliography of Temporary Exhibition Catalogs Since 1876 that Contain Items of Judaica

Federico da Montefeltro and his Library
(191 words)

Editor

Marcello Simonetta.

Imprint

Milan, Italy, 2007. 195 pp., illustrations: 139 numbered, 61 unnumbered, col., 26.5 × 20.5 cm. English.

Location

Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA (8 June–30 September 2007)

Description

The history and person behind one of the greatest libraries of the Renaissance period. Preface by Jonathan J.G. Alexander. Hebrew manuscripts are discussed in the catalog essay, “Notes on the Diaspora of the Hebrew Manuscripts: from Volterra to Urbino” (Delio Proverbio, pp. 50–61). These volumes were stolen from the Jewish merchant Menahem ben Aharon Volterra when Federico da Montefeltro’s troops massacred and plundered the city of Volterra in 1472. At least 40 (of Menahem’s original 211) Hebrew manuscripts are still extant today, most preserved in the Vatican Library, which assumed ownership of the Urbino Library in 1657. Catalog contains images of a sumptuous Book of Psalms (Urb. ebr. 7, Italy, 15th C), and a Former Prophets with micrographic decoration (Urb. ebr. 4, Spain, 13th C). Images, transcriptions and translations of all ownership notes found in Menahem’s volumes. 12 items listed and described.

main keywords

HEBREW ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS

minor keywords

Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, Bibles
Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, Italy, 15th C
Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, Spain, 12th–14th C
Micrography

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“Federico da Montefeltro and his Library”, in: Catalog of Catalogs Online, A Bibliography of Temporary Exhibition Catalogs Since 1876 that Contain Items of Judaica. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004444522_COCO_CC1902>
First published online: 2019



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