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A Visual Testimony: Judaica from the Vatican Library

January 29–April 2, 1989

The fascinating literary tradition which has linked the Jewish and Catholic faiths throughout the ages is demonstrated by an exhibition of 56 manuscripts from the Vatican Library. It is the first major public showing of the Vatican Library's Hebrew illuminations, chosen from the Library's collection of 801 Hebrew manuscripts. The works range from prayer books to philosophical texts and ethical and legal writings; many of them include illuminated miniatures. Besides texts in Hebrew there are manuscripts in Latin which reveal Christian interest in Hebraica, such as a commentary on the Hebrew Bible by a 14th-century Franciscan, Nicholas of Lyra.


Center for the Fine Arts, Miami
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations


Center for the Fine Arts Miami Art Museum of Dade County
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Hebrew Union College-Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Tennessee
New York Public Library
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Harvard Semitic Museum, Cambridge, MA

Main Building


The National Committee for the Vatican Judaica Exhibition


Philip E. Miller
Innis Howe Shoemaker

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