Second Cincinnati Haggadah
MS 444 1
ink and gouache on parchment; 25 leaves (30.2 x 19.2 cm.); Ashkenazi square Hebrew script
Moses Loeb ben Wolf from Trebitsch (Moravia)
Zanwil ben Simeon Falk, 1754/55
The Second Cincinnati Haggadah is one of the masterpieces of Moses Loeb ben Wolf of Trebitsch, one of the premier figures in 18th-century Jewish manuscript art. The oil miniatures are exceptional and pioneering examples of this form in Jewish art. The text opens with a full-page genre scene of a seder, which masterfully deploys an almost proscenium-like composition to display the “performance” of the Passover meal. This work is the so-called “sister” to Moses Loeb’s later Van Geldern Haggadah (1723), immortalized in Heinrich Heine’s “Rabbi of Bacharach.”
Hebrew / Paper / 22,1 x 16, cm. / 369 ff. (f. 1 missing) / Written in 4 columns of 37-39 lines to a page / Sephardic cursive writing with square headings (autograph) / No title.