The exhibition “Ebrei, una storia italiana. I primi mille anni”, held by the Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara covers over two-thousand years of vital and uninterrupted Jewish presence in Italy: from the early settlements to the development of an established Jewish Italian identity and its impact on Italian society, to the alternating stretches of peaceful cooperation with periods of brutal persecution, leading up to the Holocaust.
The exhibition does a wonderful job in bringing to life the social, spatial and cultural context in which the Jewish Italian community developed. It consists of over two hundred rare pieces, many previously unseen, such as manuscripts, books printed in the 15th and 16th century, medieval documents, Roman epigraphs, rings, seals, coins, oil lamps and amulets.
The catalogue features a collection of scientific essays written by leading experts in the field, both Italian and foreign, and a description of every piece displayed in the exhibition.
Thanks to archaeological, historical, literary and philosophical sources the exhibition accomplishes the incredible feat of telling the story of the Jewish people in Italy, not just as a collection of facts, but from the point of view of the people that lived through it, both Jewish and Italian, and how they elaborated and passed it down to the next generation. Most of the sources used are Jewish: mainly historians and writers, but also doctors, scientists, poets and musicians. Naturally the rabbinical literature, the vast collection of exegetic, normative and narrative texts that are the Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash, was also an essential source of information.
Thursday 14 December 2017
Sunday 16 September 2018
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Thursday from 10 am to 11 pm
Closed: Mondays, 31 March (first day of Pesach), 10 September (first day of Rosh Hashanà) and 19 September (Kippur).
Standard € 10, reduced € 8 (6 -18 year olds, university students, concessions); groups 8 -15 people € 6 (1 complementary ticket every 15 paying visitors); schools € 5 (2 complementary tickets per class). Free entrance for children under 6, 100% disabled
Anna Foa, Giancarlo Lacerenza, Daniele Jalla. Exhibition design: GTRF Giovanni Tortelli Roberto Frassoni Architetti Associati
Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah - MEIS