Passover Haggadah with German Translation

Charlotte von Rothschild


Decorated page framed with foliate design featuring two angels on left and right, Hebrew text in middle, and lions on bottom register.
One of Charlotte von Rothschild’s most outstanding works is this Haggadah she illuminated for her uncle, Amschel Mayer Rothschild. Containing eighteen text illustrations in addition to decorated initials, it is remarkable for its use of both Jewish and Christian motifs. It is the only known Hebrew manuscript to have been illuminated by a woman. Two female angels are positioned on the front cover in the place where images of Moses and Aaron often appeared. At the bottom of the cover, is a version of the Rothschild family’s coat of arms.


Braginsky Collection No. 314, title page. Braginsky Collection, Zurich. Photography by Ardon Bar-Hama, Ra’anana, Israel.

Published in: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, vol. 6.

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