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Jewish women and the world of art in Ferrara and in Mantua during the Renaissance.

On July 11th (18:00 pm at MEIS Bookshop) Andreina Contessa, Director of the Historical Museum and Park of the Castle of Miramare (Trieste), and earlier Chief Curator of the U. Nahon Museum of Hebrew Italian Art in Jerusalem, will shed new light Jewish women who became art patrons, dealers and clients during the Renaissance. 

She will focus on the fascinating and mysterious story of Consilia Norsa, the woman who commissioned one of the oldest Holy Arks, drawing on the discovery of Norsa’s prayer book, a richly illuminated manuscript, which provides interesting insights on the role of women in the Renaissance.   She will also help us to understand the holy arches of Mantua, preserved today in Jerusalem. 

Andreina Contessa is the author of "Mantova e Gerusalemme” (Florence, 2017). She will be introduced to the public by the Director of the MEIS Simonetta Della Seta.

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