Each PowerPoint Presentation is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours long with an opportunity at the end for discussion and further questions. Each lecture focuses on an aspect of Jewish Art and can be tailored to the different needs of the audience.
Honorarium: $250 per lecture
We examine the life of the “other woman” in Abraham and Sarah’s family in a series of paintings (each 6’ x 5’) created 2011-2013. As a former Egyptian princess and woman of color, Hagar’s role as the Matriarch of the Arab people and final wife of Abraham is scrutinized in these paintings.
We explore images of the Biblical figure of Ruth in multiple illustrations found in a medieval Bible; The Morgan Picture Bible (1250), and 3 notable 20th century illustrators; Arthur Szyk, Jacob Steinhardt and David Wander. Additionally the individual works from the Tripartate Mahzor, the Wenzel Bible, Nicolas Poussin, 3 contemporary artists and finally Michelangelo are all examined. These are seen in the narrative context of “Wither Thou Goest…’, “In the Fields of Boaz,” “Boaz Sleeping” and “Michelangelo’s Metaphor.”
This is an introduction to those ancient paintings that are literally the beginning of Jewish Art. Dura Europos was a polyglot town on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire that boasted pagan temples, churches and a synagogue. The town was overrun in 257 CE by Sasanian invaders and not uncovered until 1920. On the synagogue walls there was discovered extensive paintings dDura Europos was a polyglot town on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire that boasted pagan temples, churches and a synagogue.
The Book of Esther is the most extensively illustrated narrative in the Hebrew Bible. We consider her story from the images found on the walls of Dura Europos (235CE), to Renaissance masters such as Andrea del Castigano, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Veronese, Artemisia Gentileschi and Rembrandt. Many 17th and 16th century illustrated megillahs are examined before we look at least 5 contemporary Jewish artist’s vision of the most famous of Jewish women.
This exhaustive series serves as a fundamental introduction to almost 2000 years of Jewish Art. It covers ancient synagogue murals and mosaics, medieval manuscripts, 17th century books, papercuts, menorahs, 19th & 20th century paintings, the art of the Holocaust and contemporary Jewish Art.
The background, influences and creation of 16 paintings (each 6’ x 5’, created 2006 – 2008) that chart the life and death of the Matriarch Sarah are explored in an visual interrogation of the biblical text and its commentaries from Genesis 11:29 through 25:1.