No book in Jewish history has been illustrated more often than the Passover haggada. Signs and Wonders: 100 Haggada Masterpieces is the first work to survey the magnificent history of the illustrated haggada, from the Middle Ages to the present. Focusing on the finest examples from the past seven centuries, the book reproduces each picture in full color, alongside short descriptions that explore the meaning of the imagery, the achievement of the artist, and the larger context in which the book was produced. Wonderfully written and stunningly designed, Signs and Wonders brings its masterpieces to life, presenting a rich panorama of Jewish art throughout the ages.
A richly illustrated volume with a lucid historical introduction and sensitive analysis of the aesthetic and religious values given artistic form in these beautiful haggadot. Cohen illuminates the idiosyncratic details of the illustrations, with their references sometimes humorous or poignant to contemporary Jewish life and culture. --Avivah Zornberg, author, Moses: A Human Life
This isn't just an art book, it is a history of the Jewish imagination. At first you look at these pictures and see only the strangeness of a time beyond your own. But as you move through Cohen s eloquent commentary, you enter the most immortal of stories, lived and celebrated in every generation up to ours. I was surprised to find myself moved beyond words. Dara Horn, author, Eternal Life
With Signs and Wonders, Adam Cohen has provided a magisterial survey of a venerable religious and artistic tradition. In chronicling the development of illustrated haggadot manuscripts over the course of more than seven hundred years, he offers readers an insightful and deeply learned window into a vibrant art form. --Daniel H. Weiss, president, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Passover haggada gave rise to the most popular illustrated book in the history of Jewish art. In this volume, Adam Cohen has carefully selected and succinctly presented the most attractive and significant haggadot created from the Middle Ages to the present, making this fascinating chapter of Jewish art accessible to a wide audience.