KLAU LIBRARY, CINCINNATI
ILLUMINATED HAGGADAH EXHIBIT
Welcome to an online exhibit of illuminations from four beautiful manuscript
Haggadot. They are part of the extensive collection of manuscript
and printed Haggadah editions from Europe, Asia, and the Americas housed
at the Klau Library, Cincinnati.
Please feel free to download these images and to use them as teaching
aids or as part of your Passover celebration. Please note, these images may be quite large, and may take serveral
minutes to download over a modem (14.4k or 28.8k) connection.
The Haggadah is a compilation of excerpts from the Bible and Rabbinic
literature and includes prayers and hymns. In celebration of the Exodus
from Egypt, it is recited at the Seder service on the eve of Passover.
The text is often accompanied by art work depicting or interpreting
the Passover story and its message of freedom.
On display here are images from:
This magnificently illuminated work on parchment
was produced in Germany in the late 15th century by Meir Jaffe
ha-sofer, a copyist, illuminator
and renowned leather worker.
This "sister" to the Van Geldern Haggadah was
produced by Moses Loeb ben Wolf from Trebisch, Moravia, in 1716/17.
The miniatures are in oil on parchment and are based on the engravings
found in the printed Amsterdam Haggadah of 1712.
This illuminated work on parchment was produced
by Jankew Sofer of Berlin at Hamburg/Altona in 1740/41. It was
renovated by Israel Kornik of Dessau in 1841. Its oil miniatures
also follow the illustrations found in the Amsterdam Haggadah
of 1712, but here utilize a folk-art style found in several haggadot
printed in Germany during the early 18th century.
This Italian illuminated work on paper was written
and richly illuminated by Jacob ben Joseph Conegliano in 1742/43.
The miniatures follow the illustrations found in the printed Venice
(1609), Prague (1526), and Mantua (1560) haggadot. On the title-page
is the coat-of-arms of the Conegliano family.