Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah

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While thousands of haggadot have been created over the centuries, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco highlights the unique haggadah created by Arthur Szyk in 1940. Szyk (1894–1951), a Polish Jew keenly aware of current events, fused his passions for art and history into a visual commentary on the parallel between the Passover narrative and the alarming developments unfolding in Nazi Germany. The exhibition includes all 48 original illustrations of Szyk’s masterpiece. Historical illuminated haggadot from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as contemporary versions, are also featured at the museum through June 29, 2014. Scroll through other art from the Szyk Haggadah below. All images appear courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.