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SJC Study Group

Sunday, November 26, 2017 • 8 Kislev 5778

3:00 PM - 4:00 PMSummit Hill

The SJC Study Group (aka the Book Club) meets once a month. The topic for each upcoming gathering is posted following the most recent month's gathering.

Meeting three days after Turkey Day, so don't hesitate to bring leftovers (and utensils). We will be discussing Anne Marie O'Connor's book, The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Here's a review from Herbert Shapiro of Florida Atlantic University's Lifelong Learning Society:

This is an extraordinary biography, not merely of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the subject of one of Gustav Klimt's most famous paintings, but also of the work itself and the world of early 20th-century Vienna. The painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) was famous before its record-breaking purchase in 2006 at $135 million by Ronald S. Lauder for his New York-based Neue Galerie. Through her painstaking research, O'Connor (Washington Post) manages to capture the cultural, historical, and political climate that gave birth to this painting. She describes the anti-Semitism that permeated early 20th-century Vienna and the role that Jews played (often as outsiders) in that society. Stolen by the Nazis during World War II and renamed The Lady in Gold (to avoid any hint that its subject was Jewish), the painting was at the center of an eight-year battle by Bloch-Bauer's niece Maria Altmann to regain her family's legacy. Although the narrative is somewhat episodic, the history is fascinating. This is an essential title for readers interested in art history, European history, and Judaic studies. Highly recommended.

Questions? Contact Neal.

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