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1978 1st Ed ‘Hebrew Manuscript Painting’ Art, Judaism - Religion, History, Jewish Holidays, Medieval. Torah, Holy
COLLECTOR'S 1978 out-of-print first edition, first printing hardcover book with original dust jacket - Hebrew Manuscript Painting.
From the most important Eastern and Western manuscripts, forty brilliant full page color plates and black & white illustrations; each an exquisite work of art!
Wriiten by Joseph Gutmann. Publisher: George Braziller, Inc., New York, NY, Copyright, 1978, stated first edition. ISBN 0807608904. Not ex-library.
Although there is still a widely held belief that the traditions of Judaism did not encourage the decoration of Hebrew manuscripts, this unusual volume will show that there were many Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts which reflected views of such men as Profiat Duran, fifteenth-century Spanish Jewish scholar who wrote:
"The contemplation and study of pleasing forms, beautiful images, and drawings broadens and stimulates the mind and strengthens its faculties ...As with God, who wanted to beautify His Holy Place with gold, silver, jewels and precious stones, so it should be with His Holy Books."
On these charming pages are depicted illustrations of Jewish customs and holiday observances in manuscripts from Germany, France, Spain, and Italy.
Distinctly Jewish iconographic representations of the afterlife; illustrations of Jewish legends-all in Hebrew manuscripts from thirteenth to seventeenth centuries, drawn from Islamic countries as well as from Christian Europe, and selected by Joseph Gutmann of Wayrie State University.
Art of making a manuscript:
Most Hebrew manuscripts were written on animal skin, finest calfskin vellum. Most colors derived from vegetable and animal extracts. Gold and silver applied in thin leaf, metallic leaf often burnished and could be decorated by tooling.
Gold pigment, known as shell gold, made from a powdered form of the metal that could be painted on as an ink. volume and texture of colors differed from one school to the other and from one period to the next.
To a large degree the scribe determined the eventual decoration of the page, as he planned the layout of the text and provided blank spaces for the inclusion of initial word panels, text illustrations, and other types of ornamentation.
Photos do not fully capture exact color hues and elaborate detail; wait until you see these beautiful illustrations up close. WOW! Front dj looks nicer than photo.
Quarto hardcover, illustrated color dj, green cloth boards, bright gilt spine titles, 118 MINT glossy cardstock pages. Binding tight. Fine vintage condition.
Cover fine/bright/clean. Pages fine/bright/crisp/clean. DJ excellent/bright/clean-light shelfwear-light scuffing-rubbing-few tiny punctures-light edgewear.
Do not pass up this out-of-print gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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