Scenes of Jewish Life from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica

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Exhibition curated by Alice Schreyer and Valarie Brocato.

"Scenes of Jewish Life from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica," an exhibition of books and prints featuring illustrations of Jewish life and customs, is on view in the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica display area. The development of Jewish representational art was inhibited by the Second Commandment's prohibition against graven images, and accurate depictions of Jewish life were not available until the eighteenth century. The exhibition highlights the work of Bernard Picart, a French Protestant book illustrator who settled in Amsterdam and produced engravings of Jewish life based on first-hand observation.