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Jewish Jester

To the Editor:

As a footnote to Edouard Roditi’s review of Cinque Storie Ferraresi by Giorgio Bassani (September 1958) it may be interesting to add that Ferrara also produced the first Jewish comedian known to us by name, and one of the earliest jesters to be represented in European art. He was the famous jester Scoccola, in the service of the d’Este. He appears in the fresco of 1470 by Francesco Cossa, in the Palazzo Schifanoja, Ferrara.

Ebria Feinblatt
Los Angeles, California

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