Following their expulsion from Spain in 1492, the Sephardic [Spanish] Jews were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire, where they spent over four centuries and contributed to its ascent. The beginning of the 20th Century reveals a two hundred year imperial decline in the making and the ensuing unfavorable environment prompts the Sephardic Jews to immigrate to America in search of a better future. Their integration into their new communities posed fresh challenges and unexpected consequences.
Join our in-house antiques guru Barry Greenlaw (who is also a genuine “antique” himself) for this exciting Sunday afternoon event. Bring up to three small items, or photos of large pieces, and Barry will attempt to identify them and provide an oral evaluation—no jewelry, rugs, clothing or anything else he knows nothing about. Join us for a fun, and hopefully educational, afternoon. “Vintage” wine and “aged” cheese will be served.
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According to legend, Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was decapitated by Romans on a hill overlooking Paris, known afterward as Montmartre. He picked up his head and walked to the site of the abbey, where he collapsed and was buried. In the 5th century a church was built over Denis’ grave, which had begun to attract many pilgrims. From the 7th century onward, a monastery existed, lavishly patronized by King Dagobert, considered to be the first king buried at St-Denis. With few exceptions, all kings were buried there from Hugues Capet onwards. Today, the cathedral houses a collection of over 70 recumbent statues and tombs, unique in Europe. Rebuilt and enlarged four times through the centuries, the abbey church became one of the first manifestations of Gothic architecture. This richly-illustrated lecture will cover the history of the abbey, its place in the development of Gothic architecture and sculpture, and its role as royal necropolis.