Jerusalem, 7 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Israel Museum presents a new exhibition titled “By the Book: 500 Years of Readers and Reading in European Art”, starting on 13 November 2012 and running to November 2013.
This exhibition aims to explore the importance of reading in European art, through the representation of reading characters as well as landscapes by major Italian, German, Dutch and English painters. The public will be able to discover paintings depicting “young and old, peasant and noble” readers, alongside books from the National Library of Israel.
The point is to discover and understand the evolution of reading, this activity or hobby that has changed with time, and does not match the same implications according to people, ages and social classes. Indeed, everything seems to confirm the opposition between the mid-16th century work by Bartolomeo Schedoni, Horn Book, depicting a child holding the first book of prayers and Pageant Books by Max Ferguson, made in 2009, showing a beautiful woman among the shelves of a famous Manhattan bookshop.