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Illumination of Books

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Author(s): Kogman-Appel, Katrin
Jewish illumination was widespread in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe from the Middle Ages until the invention of printing. The illustrated works were Hebrew books of religious, predominantly liturgical character and to a lesser extent also legal works and other manuscripts. Illumination developed a specifically Jewish imagery but was also embedded in the art and culture of non-Jewish surroundings. Thus, it also illustrates the relationship of Jews with Islamic or Christian surroundings.1. OccurrenceThe oldest evidence of Jewish illumination dates back to the…
Date: 2020-05-12