Filled with bold graphics and vibrantly colored illustrations, the Bezalel Haggadah's imagery is inspired by symbols of Jerusalem. Several illustrations are modeled on early illustrated haggadot as well as Egyptian artifacts. The calligraphy is based on a design by Elihu Koren, one of Israel's foremost typographers. The Haggadah was produced in a limited folio edition of 150; the present copy is # 141. It consists of seventy-five original woodcuts; forty-nine are in color and twenty-six are in black and white. Each print was pulled by the artist on handmade paper using a nineteenth century press and signed by the artist in Hebrew and English. The Bezalel Haggadah was commissioned by the Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and the project took five years to complete.
The creator of the Bezalel Haggadah, Maty Grünberg, was born in Yugoslavia in 1943. His family immigrated to Israel in 1948 and Grünberg received his education at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Grünberg's work has been widely exhibited and he is the recipient of numerous awards. Grünberg has published over eighteen portfolios and his highly acclaimed work can found in both public and private collections throughout the world.
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