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21 September 2017 - 1 Tishri 5778 - א' תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Hebrew University launches largest index of Jewish art E-mail

The Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched the world’s largest online database of Jewish art at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem on 16 August.

The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a collection of digitised images and information about Jewish artifacts from all over the world.

The online collection includes more than 260,000 images of objects and artifacts from 700 museums, synagogues and private collections in 41 countries, as well as architectural drawings of 1,500 synagogues and Jewish ritual buildings from antiquity to the modern day.

The public and amateur or professional researchers can easily access more than a quarter of a million images, with accompanying details and descriptions, either by simple keyword search or according to such categories as Iconographical Subject, Origin, Artist, Object, Community, Collection or Location.

Under the direction of Dr Vladimir Levin, the Center has in recent years worked steadily toward completing the Index by photographing, measuring and painstakingly describing and categorising each piece to be made available online to the public.

“Jewish culture is largely perceived as a culture of texts and ideas, not of images. As the largest virtual Jewish museum in the world, the Index of Jewish Art is a sophisticated tool for studying visual aspects of Jewish heritage. We hope that making this Index available will lead to further in-depth study of primary sources, and serve as an enduring launching pad for the study of the historical and cultural significance of Jewish art for many years to come,” said Dr Levin.

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