April 15, 2011
Everything is Illuminated:
Haggadot are popping up at all the best museums lately. The Met is showing the Washington Haggadah, a medieval German tome borrowed from the Library of Congress. Meanwhile, in Kansas, the Nelson-Atkins announced that it has just acquired a facsimile of the Barcelona Haggadah, a lushly illustrated manuscript made in 14th-century Spain and now owned by the British Library. Well known for its many depictions of medieval musical instruments, this volume inspires special reverence in the bagpipe community because of some intriguing pictures. But who knows if they’re meant to be any more realistic than the animals?

Everything is Illuminated:

Haggadot are popping up at all the best museums lately. The Met is showing the Washington Haggadah, a medieval German tome borrowed from the Library of Congress. Meanwhile, in Kansas, the Nelson-Atkins announced that it has just acquired a facsimile of the Barcelona Haggadah, a lushly illustrated manuscript made in 14th-century Spain and now owned by the British Library. Well known for its many depictions of medieval musical instruments, this volume inspires special reverence in the bagpipe community because of some intriguing pictures. But who knows if they’re meant to be any more realistic than the animals?


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