Pesach Haggadah, writer: Joseph ben David from Leipnik (Moravia). Written and illustrated in 1740 in Altona / Hamburg, 40 fols, 350 x 260. London, British Library, Sloane 3173, 7v. Some time ago we reported ...
Pesach Haggadah, writer: Joseph ben David from Leipnik (Moravia). Written and illustrated in 1740 in Altona / Hamburg, 40 fols, 350 x 260. London, British Library, Sloane 3173, 7v.
Some time ago we reported here at the opening that the city of Wiener Neustadt Museum the exhibition "Fate way. "Is to see the Jewish community in Wiener Neustadt.
be seen in the exhibition is also a portrait of the famous Bishop KollonitschThat instinctively evoked some associations in me:
Because in a Pesach Haggadah, which was 1740 in Altona (Hamburg) by Joseph ben David from Leipnik written and illustrated, we find a representation of how Abraham destroys the idols of his father Terah.
The image is an illustration to the text "In the beginning were our forefathers idolaters ...". In the foreground are broken parts of two idols. Abraham is busy trying to crush a third. Behind a river, which is crossed by a bridge, we see a walled city and beyond on four mountains idols. Leftmost Poseidon with his trident, Zeus further to the right with scales and Thunderbolt (?) - and between them a figure that looks like a Catholic bishop!
A Catholic bishop in Hamburg, which was dominated by Protestant and? And what does that have to do with Whole Wiener Neustadt?
Well, mentioned painter Joseph ben David came from Leipnik in Moravia and Moravia fled many Jews after they were expelled from Leopold I in Vienna 1670/71. We know many explanations for this expulsion, very much but were sure the aggressive anti-Semitic speeches by Bishop Leopold Karl von Kollonitsch who became in 1670 Bishop of Wiener Neustadt.
And so none other than Bishop Leopold Kollonitsch is perhaps really with the presentation of the Catholic bishop as Götze, 70 years after the expulsion of Jews from Vienna, from Wiener Neustadt meant (remember him today u.a. the train station connecting with downtown Kollonitsch alley) ...
Joseph ben David, incidentally, was the founder of the Jewish "Hamburger painting school". In Vienna itself wealthy (after 1670) "court Jews" the most a city palace inhabited and often illustrated for their private synagogues and illuminated manuscripts were living with the writers / miniaturist in Moravia ordered.
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