Menorah: worship, history and myth

When:
May 15, 2017 – July 23, 2017 all-day
2017-05-15T00:00:00+02:00
2017-07-24T00:00:00+02:00
Where:
Vatican museum/Rome Jewish Museum
Braccio di Carlo Magno
00120
Vatican City
Decoration showing menorahs in the villa Torlonia catacombs in Rome. Photo: Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy

Decoration showing menorahs in the villa Torlonia catacombs in Rome. Photo: Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy

The exhibition “Menorah: worship, history and myth”  will be on simultaneous display in the Braccio di Carlo Magno of the Vatican Museums, and in the Jewish Museum of Rome.

The exhibition represents the first joint project between the two institutions, and is a high profile institutional, cultural and symbolic initiative, a “sign of successful collaboration between Jews and Christians in the city where they have lived side by side for over twenty centuries”.

The exhibition, curated by Alessandra Di Castro, Arnold Nesselrath and Francesco Leone, narrates the real and symbolic history of the Menorah – the seven-branched lamp and symbol of the identity of the Jewish people – through a complex and rich itinerary featuring 150 works of art, comprising sculptures, paintings, architectural elements, manuscripts and book illustrations.

 

 

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