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Book Illustration
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1. Manuscripts

Painted miniatures appeared in Hebrew manuscripts for the first time in Egypt in 929; in Europe they became common beginning in the 1230s. In Ashkenaz the first illuminated manuscript appeared in Würzburg, in 1232/33, where a copy of Rashi’s Bible commentary was illustrated in the Christian workshop of Heinrich the painter (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, MS heb. 5/I–II). Several communal maḥzorim were richly decorated in Franconia and the Lower Rhine region in the mid-1200s, and since c. 1300 …

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Kogman-Appel, Katrin and Wiesemann, Falk, “Book Illustration”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_COM_042394>
First published online: 2023

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