“In his dexterity Szyk recalls a bygone age of monastic scribes slaving over parchment pages. [His] illustrations are more intricate than Swiss watch works and sublimely obsessive. Reproductions hardly do the original drawings justice.”
— Michael Kimmelman
The New York Times
“Arthur Szyk’s drawings are evidence of an exceptional mastery of crafts and of artistic inspiration.”
— Katja Widmann and Johannes Zechner
Curators, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, 2008
“To call Arthur Szyk the greatest illuminator since the sixteenth century is no flattery. It is the simple truth which becomes manifest to any person who studies his work with the care which it deserves.”
— Cecil Roth
Historian, London, 1940s
“[Szyk] makes not only cartoons, but beautiful composed pictures which suggest, in their curiously decorative quality, the inspired illuminations of the early religious manuscripts.”
— Thomas Craven
Art Critic, New York, 1940s
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Abrams Books Publishes New Popular Edition of The Szyk Haggadah
Available in Hardcover and Paperback for Passover 2011
NEW YORK—Abrams Books, the preeminent American publisher of high-quality art and illustrated books, released an all-new popular edition of Arthur Szyk’s illuminated Haggadah on March 15, 2011, just in time for Passover. The publication is inspired by the luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana, 2008).
Arthur Szyk (pronounced “Shick”) created his magnificent Haggadah in Łódź, on the eve of the Nazi occupation of his native Poland. There is no Haggadah like it, before or since, filled with sumptuous paintings of Jewish heroes and stunning calligraphy.
This edition, the first since 1940 (besides Historicana's luxury limited edition) to be reproduced from Szyk’s original art, boasts a newly commissioned and extremely practical English text by Rabbi Byron L. Sherwin, ideal for use at any family Seder, and a special commentary section by Rabbi Sherwin and Irvin Ungar gives insight into both the rituals of the Seder and Szyk’s rich illustrations.
Available in both hardcover and paperback editions, The Szyk Haggadah will transform the Seder, bringing the story of the Exodus from Egypt into a more contemporary light. Both the hardcover and paperback are available for purchase at Abrams.com, Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.