With both religious and secular texts: one of the most valuable Haggadot in the history of Hebrew book illumination

Rothschild Haggadah

Northern Italy — 1479

Rothschild Haggadah

Rothschild Haggadah

Northern Italy — 1479

  1. One of the most precious Haggadot in the history of Hebrew illumination originated in Northern Italy in 1479

  2. It was commissioned by Moses ben Yekutiel Hakohen and contains the Ashkenazi Seder ritual

  3. Texts both religious and secular, including a table of weights and measures, make this a highlight of Judaica

Rothschild Haggadah

Alternative Titles:
  • Rothschild-Haggadah
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The famous Rothschild Haggadah is considered to be one of the most precious Haggadahs in the history of Hebrew illumination. The Haggadah is stored in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum as a part of the grandiose Rothschild Miscellany. The manuscript was a commission of Moses ben Yekutiel Hakohen from the year 1479 and was made in Northern Italy. Thus it presents the wonderful illustrations of the Passover in the exuberant style of the Italian Renaissance. Alongside the classic prayers and texts for Passover, the Rothschild Haggadah also contains Maimonides’ Hilchot Chamety Umatza, the text of the Piyyut and a text concerning medieval weights and measures. Lavish Illumination of the highest quality makes the Rothschild Haggadah a masterpiece!

Rothschild Haggadah

The famous Rothschild Haggadah is considered to be one of the most precious Haggadahs in the history of Hebrew illumination. The Haggadah is stored in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum as a part of the grandiose Rothschild Miscellany. The manuscript was a commission of Moses ben Yekutiel Hakohen from the year 1479 and was made in Northern Italy. Thus it presents the wonderful illustrations of the Passover in the exuberant style of the Italian Renaissance. Alongside the classic prayers and texts for Passover, the Rothschild Haggadah also contains Maimonides’ Hilchot Chamety Umatza, the text of the Piyyut and a text concerning medieval weights and measures. Lavish Illumination of the highest quality makes the Rothschild Haggadah a masterpiece!

A Hebrew Renaissance Manuscript

In 1479, Moses ben Yekutiel Hakohen commissioned this impressive manuscript. The patron must have been a man of great wealth and taste who wanted this work to represent his riches and sophistication. Yet nonetheless, the Rothschild Haggadah is simultaneously a work of deep spirituality. So came about one of the most precious Haggadahs to ever be created! North-Italian illuminators created a magnificent potpourri of Italian Renaissance painting on the manuscript’s 44 pages.

Passover in Precious Pictures

The Rothschild Haggadah impresses, inter alia, with its variety of gold elements: fine gold dust was applied alongside elevated burnished gold and flat gold leaf in order to illuminate the manuscript’s decoration. All of it is in wonderful harmony with the delicate yet luminously bright colors of the illustrations! Alongside the main text in the middle of the page, the Rothschild Haggadah contains the Ashkenazi Seder ritual, at the margin of Maimonides’ Hilchot Chamety Umatza. This text contains laws concerning leavened and unleavened bread and gives a classic overview of Passover and its ceremonies. Additionally, the text of the Piyyut is listed, with liturgical poems and songs for all four evenings of the Passover Festival. A medieval text about weights and measures rounds out the exciting content of the manuscript.

The Fateful Provenance

Today the Rothschild Haggadah, as a part of the famous Rothschild Miscellany, is considered to be the outstanding treasure of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The collection’s famous manuscript with the shelf mark Heb. 4° 6130 can look back on an eventful history. Its name comes from its former owners, the Rothschild dynasty. James A. de Rothschild was the one who gifted the manuscript to the Israel Museum. The Rothschild Haggadah had previously been stolen by the Nazi’s during the Second World War and returned to the possession of the Rothschild family through a lucky coincidence.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Rothschild-Haggadah
Size / Format
44 pages / 21.0 x 15.6 cm
Date
1479
Style
Hebrew
Language
Illustrations
All pages are illuminated with raised burnished gold, flat gold, powdered gold and brilliant, delicate colours
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Rothschild Haggadah“

Rothschild Haggadah
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rothschild Haggadah – Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
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Rothschild Haggadah

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Facsimile Editions Ltd. – London, 2000
Limited Edition
550 copies
Binding
Fine white vellum. The commentary volume is printed on a classical Ingres laid paper, elegantly bound to complement the facsimile. Both volumes are presented in a hand-made slip-case.
Commentary
1 volume (79 pages) by Raphael Loewe, Jeremy Schonfield, Iris Fishof and Joseph Falter
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