"Sharon Mintz who will discuss: “The Art and History of Decorated Ketubbot”. Through the ages. ketubbot, Jewish marriage contracts, were not merely legal documents, but magnificent works of art. Beginning with the first simply decorated examples from medieval Egypt, they were frequently penned in fine calligraphy and embellished with highly decorative borders. The ornamentation found on ketubbot is as diverse as the Jewish diaspora. As testimonies to the sacredness of marriage, as works of art, and as repositories of Jewish history, these extraordinary treasures offer insights and delight in equal measure.
This program is a new addition to CSP's 4-part summer series with Rabbi Adam Mintz its 16th Annual CSP Summer Scholar
(Aug 14-17, 2017 - see other dates for additional topics, dates)
There is no charge for the event, but space is limited to the first 30 who RSVP to me via e-mail. Location details will be supplied upon receipt of an RSVP."
Sharon Liberman Mintz is the Curator of Jewish Art at the Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary and specializes in the fields of Illuminated Hebrew manuscripts and rare printed books. Over the course of 30 years at the Library, she has curated more than 40 exhibitions, authored ten exhibition catalogs and has lectured extensively on a variety of topics in the fields of Jewish Art and rare Hebrew books. As a consultant with Sotheby’s since 1995, Ms. Mintz has cataloged and appraised Hebrew books for Judaica sales worldwide for over two decades. In February 2009 she collaborated on the cataloging and exhibition of the Valmadonna Trust Library, at Sotheby’s, the finest private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world. Ms. Mintz’s publication A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books (2010) accompanied an international exhibition of magnificent Hebrew books that she co-curated. Her most recent publication, The Writing on the Wall: A Catalogue of Judaica Broadsides from the Valmadonna Trust Library (2015) is an in-depth historical examination of this heretofore unexplored genre of Jewish culture.
Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)