This Magnificent Illuminated Hebrew Bible, which dates from the first half of the 14th century, is one of only six surviving manuscripts of its kind in private hands. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York has privately acquired, for an undisclosed amount, the Magnificent Illuminated Hebrew Bible from Spain, which had previously been scheduled for the auction. Hailing from the renowned collection of Jaqui E. Safra, the illuminated Bible was produced in Castile during the first half of the 14th century and stands as a remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain.
A remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain, this splendid illuminated Hebrew Bible is an exceptionally important exemplar of medieval book arts and literary culture. Dating from the first half of the 14th century in Castile, it features lavishly painted borders and intricately penned micrographic decoration. One of only three complete decorated Hebrew Bibles from Spain to come to auction in the past century, this extraordinary work also bears the distinction of being one of only six such manuscripts held in private hands. Click ahead to discover the story behind this rare Hebrew Bible. Important Judaica 20 December | New York
Michael and Judy Steinhardt discuss their passions for collecting, philanthropy and the exceptional Judaica that was offered on 29 April at Sotheby’s New York. The 'Mishneh Torah', previously scheduled to be offered as the centerpiece of this auction, was purchased jointly by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art prior to the sale. The auction proceeded with a strong 92.6% of the remaining lots selling, totaling $8,541,645 and exceeding the overall pre-sale estimate.
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