Exploring Medieval Jewish Art and Life through a Fifteenth-Century Italian Manuscript

Pamela A. Patton, Director, Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University

This video introduces Garrett MS 26, a deluxe fifteenth-century manuscript from Princeton University Library that illustrates several events of Jewish life.





Princeton, NJ. Prayer Book, Princeton MS Garrett  Catalogue record, Princeton University Library.

For more information about the context of production, see Smarthistory’s page on Judaism and Art.

Further Reading

Skemer, Don C., Adelaide Bennett, Jean F. Preston, and William P. Stoneman, Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library (Princeton, N.J.: Department of Art and Archaeology and the Princeton University Library in association with the Princeton University Press, 2013), vol. I, pp. 4–8.

Cohen, Evelyn M., “Hebrew Manuscript Illumination in Italy,” in Vivian Mann, ed., Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), 100, fig. 85–86, and 232, no. 44.


Patton, Pamela A. “Exploring Medieval Jewish Art and Life through a Fifteenth-Century Italian Manuscript” Middle Ages for Educators, December 18, 2023. Accessed [date]. https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/exploring-medieval-jewish-art-and-life-through-fifteenth-century-italian-manuscript

Video Editor

Jeremy Stitts