The Renaissance Speaks Hebrew

  • Edited by Giulio Busi, Silvana Greco
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 304
  • Illustrations 150
  • Language English
  • Year 2019
  • ISBN 9788836643547
  • Price € 32,00  € 30,40
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The Renaissance Speaks Hebrew, curated by Giulio Busi and Silvana Greco, recounts an extraordinary intellectual history. The Renaissance is an age of artistic turmoil and the elegant life of the courts. The Italian peninsula is full of ideas and new creative impulses. The Jews, who have lived in Italy since Roman times, actively participated in this atmosphere. For the first time ever, the MEIS exhibition in Ferrara brings together some of the masterpieces of art in which the Hebrew language occupies a central place and Judaism is a source of inspiration and a symbol of wisdom. But the Renaissance is made of light and shadow. Alongside the encounters and mutual influences, the exhibition itinerary and the essays collected in this catalogue explore conflicts, controversies, and discrimination. There is no Italian Renaissance without Judaism. And we could not imagine Italian Jewry without the Renaissance.

Ferrara, MEIS, April - September 2019


Jews, an Italian Story: A Fascinating New Chapter
Dario Disegni

Let Us Draw a Lesson for Today from Our Past
Simonetta Della Seta


The Renaissance Speaks Hebrew
Giulio Busi


Jews in Italy in the Renaissance: A Sociological Perspective, with Ferrarese Examples
Silvana Greco

Sicilian Jews from the Fourteenth to the Sixteenth Century
Angela Scandaliato

Venice and the Jews: A Cosmopolitan Ghetto in the “Centre of the World’s Economy”
Donatella Calabi


Female Jewish Lenders in Northeastern Italy
Miriam Davide

The Illuminated Hebrew Manuscript in Renaissance Italy
Mauro Perani

Jewish Merchants in Renaissance Italy
Francesca Trivellato

Jewish Philosophy during the Renaissance
Giuseppe Veltri

Mingled Identities: Conversos, Hebraists, and Individual Converts
David B. Ruderman


The Money Lending Benches of the Jews, the Christian Bank, and Anti-Semitic Stereotypes
Giacomo Todeschini

Preachers and Jews
Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli

Mantua 1495–1514: Three “Madonnas of the Jews”
Salvatore Settis


Art and Jewish Patronage in Renaissance Italy
Andreina Contessa

Kabbalistic Trees (Ilanot) in Italy: Visualizing the Hierarchy of the Heavens
J. H. Chajes

Jews and Christian Hebraists in Renaissance Italy
Saverio Campanini

Kabbalah and Philosophy: The Conclusiones of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Raphael Ebgi

Annius (Giovanni Nanni) of Viterbo and His Forgeries
Joanna Weinberg

Ariosto and the Representation of Jews in the Literature of Sixteenth-century Ferrara
Gianni Venturi

Christian Thought and the Discovery of the Jewish Tradition in Renaissance Italy: From Expectations of Reform to Suspicions of Heterodoxy
Guido Bartolucci

Museum and Exhibition Design
Studio GTRF
Giovanni Tortelli, Roberto Frassoni
Architetti Associati

edited by Giulio Busi