Braginsky Collection, Zurich

The collection of Hebrew manuscripts of the Swiss collector René Braginsky is generally considered to be the largest private collection of Hebrew manuscripts in the world.

The collection of Hebrew manuscripts of the Swiss collector René Braginsky is generally considered to be the largest private collection of Hebrew manuscripts in the world. It also contains a fair number of fine early printed books. The collection does not only contain codices, but also several hundreds illuminated marriage contracts and Esther scrolls. Ardon Bar Hama has photographed more than 500 manuscripts (25,000 images), for conservation purposes as well as for display online. In 2009, some hundred highlights from the collection were curated into a traveling exhibition which was shown in Amsterdam, New York and Jerusalem. Its prize-winning printed catalogue and innovative website rely heavily on Bar-Hama’s digital images. For the final showing of the traveling exhibition in Zurich in 2011 Bar-Hama is actively involved in the preparation of a new printed German catalogue and another, German language website.