Solving the Mystery of the Brick and the Book https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/arts-culture/2021/10/solving-the-mystery-of-the-brick-and-the-book/

A professor of Jewish art finds himself turning from one explanation of a puzzling drawing found in an old manuscript to another—and then possibly back again.

October 12, 2021 | Marc Michael Epstein
About the author: Marc Michael Epstein is professor of religion and visual culture and director of Jewish studies at Vassar College. He is the author of, among other books, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (2011) and Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (2015).

From the Barcelona Haggadah, Catalonia, c. 1340. British Library.

Turn it over, and [again] turn it over, for all is therein. And look into it; And become gray and old therein;  And do not move away from it, for you have no better portion than it. —Mishnah Avot 5:22

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