An impressive comment of the Zohar, probably completed in Mantua. It shows the traditional text of the kabbalah, in the Lurianic version. With the arrival of Zacuto in Mantua (in 1673) the city became one of the most important Jewish centres, maintaining that role until late seventeen hundreds.
The Sefer ha-Zohar, the Book of Light, is the most important fruit of the kabbalistic tradition, the mystical, sapiential, and magic knowledge which took shape in Europe in the second millennium. It is a comment to the Old Testament, probably composed in Spain in the thirteenth century and attributed to Moseh de Leon (Guadalajara 1250, Arevalo 1305). In these pages the Jewish thought reaches peaks of metaphysical speculation that enrich and broaden the Old Testament and the Talmud. The text was the source of study and contemplation for entire generations of kabbalah scholars, who reinterpreted its contents throughout the centuries.
Ideato e promosso da / Founded and Promoted by:
Mattia Palazzi (Sindaco del Comune di Mantova)
con Lorenza Baroncelli (Assessore alla rigenerazione urbana e del territorio, marketing urbano, progetti e relazioni internazionali del Comune di Mantova)
Coordinamento Scientifico / Scientific Coordinator:
Curatore testi e immagini / Superintendent texts and images:
Foto di / Photo by:
Gian Maria Pontiroli
In collaborazione con / In collaboration with:
Un ringraziamento speciale a / A special thanks to:
Pasquale Di Viesti
Emma Catherine Gainsforth