Italian Jewish Renaissance, The Beauty of Italian Judaica : VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

  • manuscripts
  • community
  • textiles & clothing
  • art
  • social history
  • judaica
  • cultural history

“Italian Jewish Renaissance: The Beauty of Italian Judaica,” is an exhibition presented in Beit Hatfutzoth, the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, in conjunction with the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art in Jerusalem. While the physical exhibition is in Tel Aviv, a virtual version featuring choice objects from its collection has been prepared by the Museum of Italian Jewish Art, and is now available live on the National Portal of Museums in Israel.

The exhibition uses over forty objects from the collection of the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art in order to showcases several hundred years of Italian Jewish art, from the Renaissance to the Risorgimento, the Italian National Revival. Ranging from silver Torah finials to the famous Morpurgo Hagaddah, from wedding shoes to Ketubbot, the objects all reflect moments in Italian Jewish ritual and personal life.

Craftsmanship and aesthetics collide to expose the influence of Italian motifs on Jewish objects for both ceremonial and day-to-day use, and the evolution of artistic styles over the centuries is clearly evident. Juxtaposed with a few contemporary items, the exhibition presents an exemplary sample of sumptuous works produced in Italian Jewish communities throughout the ages.

Italian Jewish Renaissance: The Beauty of Italian Judaica
Beit Hatfutzoth: the Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv
Curator: Micol Schreiber Benarroch
Chief Curator: Dr. Orit Shaham Gover
Curatorial and Research Advisor: Dr. Andreina Contessa
Through February 2017
Please visit the virtual exhibition on the National Portal here.
For information about visiting the exhibition at Beit Hatfutzoth, click here.