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Sephardic Book Art of the 15th Century

L. U. Afonso, T. Moita (eds.)
approx. 300 p., 52 b/w ill. + 50 colour ill., 220 x 280 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-909400-59-7
Languages: English
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The current volume presents ten different studies dealing with the final stages of Hebrew book art production in medieval Iberia. Ranging from the Farhi Codex, copied and illuminated in the late 14th century, to the Philadelphia Bible, copied and illuminated in Lisbon in 1496, this volume discusses a wide scope of topics related with the production, consumption and circulation of medieval decorated Hebrew manuscripts. Among the issues discussed in this volume we highlight the role played by three distinct artistic languages (Mudéjar, Late Gothic and Renaissance) in the shapping of 15th century Sephardic illumination, the codicological specificity of some solutions in terms of layout and the relation between the layout of these manuscripts and Hebrew incunabula, the use of geometric decoration in scientific diagrams, or the afterlife of these manuscripts in Europe and Asia following the expulsion of the Jews from Iberia.

Luís U. Afonso is Professor of Art History at the University of Lisbon. He is author of several studies on Portuguese Late Medieval and Renaissance art.

Tiago Moita has recently concluded his Ph.D. at the University of Lisbon on 15th-century Portuguese Hebrew illuminations.
Table of Contents

1. Katrin Kogman-Appel
Calligraphy and Decoration in the Farhi Codex (Sassoon coll. Ms 368, Mallorca, 1366–83)

2. Sarit Shalev-Eyni
Sephardic Book Art in Transition: The Biblical Codex and Mudejar Visual Culture

3. Shalom Sabar
Typography, Layout and Decoration: Between the Printed Book and Illuminated Mss. in the Iberian Peninsula

4. Javier del Barco
Page Layout of Shirat ha-Yam and Parashat Ha'azinu in Fifteenth-Century Sephardic Bibles

5. Maria Ortega Monasterio
Some Sephardic Bibles from the Fifteenth Century in the Bodleian Library

6. Tiago Moita
The Portuguese Hebrew translation of Gerard de Solo’s Commentary to book IX of Rhazes’s Almansor and the manuscript at Reynolds-Finley Historical Library (Birmingham, Alabama)

7. Ilana Wartenberg
Mudéjar decorations within calendrical, geographical, and mathematical tables and diagrams in a fifteenth-century Sephardic manuscript of Isaac Israeli’s Yәsōd ʿŌlām from the British Library (MS Heb. Add. 15977)

8. Helena Avelar, Luís C. Ribeiro
Manuscripts and evidences of Jewish astrology and medicine in fifteenth-century Portugal: an overview

9. Andreina Contessa
Wandering books: the migration of 15th century Sephardic manuscripts and their 'new life' outside Iberia

10. Luís U. Afonso
Jewish networks, books and early protoglobalisation: investigating the route of BNF Hebr. 1314-1315

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history

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