Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maimonides & Barbara Wolff's Rose Hagaddah

Opening page of Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Portugal, Lisbon, 1490

He was medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher who became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars of the Middle Ages. In his time, he was also a preeminent astronomer and physician

Barbara Wolff is one of the rare contemporary artists using the techniques of medieval manuscript illumination. She paints on vellum—animal skin—and highlights her work with silver, gold, and platinum foils. Her imaginatively conceived designs for the Rose Haggadah combine these ancient traditions with historical and archaeological references and wry humor, while reinventing the images for a modern audience.

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I love medieval illumination. There is nothing like it today that even compares, in my estimation. This lady's work is beautiful. The foils really make it. The Rose Haggadah is lovely in itself but her work really highlights that of Maimonides.