Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Israel Museum, the publication of this volume is a tribute to the institution’s vast collections of Fine Art, Judaica and Jewish Enthography and Archaeology, as well as its celebrated Youth Wing. Among the images included are works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Picasso, and contemporary artists from the Fine Arts department; the Dead Sea Scrolls and a 250,000 year-old figurine thought to be the world’s oldest artwork, both part of the comprehensive holdings of the archaeology department; and a rare 15th century Rothschild Miscellany manuscript. Three hundred beautiful color reproductions of the museum’s collections are accompanied by commentary from department curators, written in language that is understandable to both laymen and scholars.
Unusual for a museum publication, this catalogue includes photographs and information about the educational activities of its Youth Wing, which encompasses exhibitions, an art school and museum education programs for all ages. These important programs provide rich experiences that connect visitors to original artworks.