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"Trials and Triumphs: Jewish Women in Medieval Spain and the Mystery of the Golden Haggadah"
Event Type:Lecture/Reading
Location:Kendade 305
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Contact:
Gayle Higgins
Department:Art history, Jewish studies

Talk by Vassar College professor Marc Michael Epstein. The so-called Golden Haggadah, illuminated in Catalunia between 1320 and 1330, is often described as one of the most beautiful manuscripts created for Jews in the Middle Ages.  

It contains stunning yet mysterious images, and its patron is unknown. Reading and interpreting those images against their historical and textual backgrounds, Epstein presents startling new speculations regarding its original patrons and the times in which they lived--the vibrant world of high medieval Sephardic culture. Epstein suggests that a Jewish woman was behind the commission, and uses extraordinary artistic evidence to support his fascinating and controversial thesis.

Sponsor:Art history, Sackler Fund, Jewish studies, gender studies, religion
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