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Vatican and Jewish museum’s joint exhibition brings 2,000 years of art, history to Rome

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“The Menorah: Worship, History and Myth” presents a collection from numerous museums around the world.

Jointly produced by the Vatican and the Jewish museums in Rome, and on display in both museums, The Menorah: Worship, History and Myth is a major exhibition that presents a collection of images and objects from numerous museums and collections all around the world, gathering together around 2,000 years of history. It mainly focuses on the Temple Menorah, which was looted in the year 70 by Titus (then a Roman general and afterwards emperor) after the destruction of the Second Temple and the looting of Jerusalem.

The exhibition, which will close this coming July 23, includes around 130 images of the Temple Menorah found on a wide range of objects: mosaics, coins, canvases, books or carved in stone. According to the article published by Biblical Archaeology, the exposition also features some paintings by artists such as Max Ernst and Marc Chagall, kabbalistic drawings and objects brought from both Jewish and Christian worship sites, such as a silver menorot (the singular form of the word) belonging to the Cathedral of Majorca.

You can visit the exhibition’s website here.

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