This is not your ordinary haggadah!
The Old Masters Haggadah
by Mark Fisch
9.6" square, 104pp hard cover, full color
$34.95 3 or more $31.95
But if you are a haggadah collector, this one is definitely for you.
Much more an art book, an impressive coffee table book, it just happens to have the standard haggadah text on one spread out of three. The rest is 17th century biblical art — by Rembrandt, Rubens, Caravaggio and other artists of the “Old Masters” who painted biblical scenes. A few are about the exodus story; but once the author got going, he couldn’t resist including all his favorite biblical art.
The text is the same standard haggadah that you would find anywhere. It's nicely laid out, on two of every six pages; the reproductions are well-done, and the art history a pleasant education in itself. No commentary; but hey, this is an art book! So don't buy it for the whole family, but for the pure visual feast of looking at what the Hebrew bible looked like to the great artists of the greatest era of western painting.
Small warning: Some of the art is not for the faint of heart. These Old Masters liked to show some pretty vivid stuff — women of ample and visible flesh, bloody murders, you get the picture. If you are looking for a children’s picture book haggadah, try Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah elsewhere on this site!
LEFT: The Sacrifice of Isaac by Johann Liss, c. 1597-1631
ABOVE RIGHT: The Finding of Moses by Orazio Gentileschi (1562-1647)