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Days of Innocence: Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer Library

Days of Innocence: Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer Library at 25.01.2013

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Friday jan 25th

The Israel Museum presents "Days of Innocence: Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer Library"

Over nearly two decades, from 1957 to 1975, Eva Itzkowitz illustrated dozens of children's books in collaboration with the Ofer Library. A selection of her original works, held by the publishing house, is on display for the first time. Her illustrations adorn the books written by Uriel Ofek, David Pe'er, Yemima Sharon, and many others. Her best-known book is Itzhak Dmi'el's Hanna's Sabbath Dress, first published in 1957 and reprinted in numerous editions since. Looking back at the illustrations half a century later, they demonstrate the place of illustrated children's books as cultural documents reflecting the norms and values then instilled in children. The contemporary critical reader might be struck by the distinct gender roles and the admiration of national symbols, which have since undergone change. Yet, in spite of the time gap, the illustrations speak to the current yearning to protect and preserve the innocence of childhood.

Image: A Visit to Jerusalem (by M. Carmi)

Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer Library

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