The John Rylands Library, part of the University of Manchester Library, is custodian of one of the great illuminated Jewish books in the world: The Rylands Haggadah, written and painted in what is today Catalonia in the 14th century. There were others like this in the region: Who were they made for? Why are they so splendid? How might their pictures have been a kind of mirror for their Jewish owners’ identities?
Dr Eva Frojmovic will be talking about the elite leadership of the Jewish communities in medieval Barcelona and Aragon/Catalonia, and how they defined their identity both in relation to traditional piety and to fashionable forms of displaying status through art.
Dr Eva Frojmovic researches and teaches about medieval Jewish art at the University of Leeds. Her essay about Moses’ wife in the Rylands Haggadah was published in 2005.
Thurs 18th June, 7pm
(image copyright of the University of Manchester)