THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM

In July 2010, after an extensive renovation project, the Israel Museum reopened to the public. For the redesigned and expanded manuscript galleries in the Jewish Art and Life division, the museum commissioned Barbara Wolff to produce a film explaining the stages and craft involved in the illumination of a hand made book.

A single page of the Rothschild Miscellany, one of the most important manuscripts in the musum’s collection and certainly the most lavish and magnificent of all surviving late Renaissance Hebrew manuscripts, was used as the basis for the film (now part of the permanent exhibit of Jewish manuscripts). The recreation of that page presents the materials, tools, and techniques the original Renaissance artist and scribe would have used.

The original page from the Rothschild Miscellany and the artist's rendering of the same page (right bottom).