Elana Shapira

Elana Shapira is a cultural and design historian. She is Project Leader of the Austrian Science

Fund research project “Visionary Vienna: Design and Society 1918–1934” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Shapira is the author of the book Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons, Architecture and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna (2016) and editor of the anthologies Design Dialogue: Jews, Culture and Viennese Modernism (2018) and Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism (forthcoming, 2021).

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Berta Zuckerkandl

Journalist, art critic and salon hostess, Berta Zuckerkandl fought for nearly half a century for the recognition of modern Austrian art, cultural and political dialogue between Austria and France, and humanist causes.

Eugenie Schwarzwald

Eugenie Schwarzwald, an ambitious progressive educator of small and heavy stature, dressed in a reform-dress, with a becoming short haircut and a charming shy smile, imprinted her charismatic personality on the education, social work, and literary heritage of Vienna during the first half of the twentieth century.

Adele Bloch-Bauer

Upon becoming acquainted with Adele Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy society woman and hostess of a renowned Viennese Salon at the beginning of the twentieth century, one can easily understand why art and life seemed to blend together in her eyes. She has been eternalized by the famous Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) in two majestic portraits (1907 and 1912), and possibly also in an allegory of the Jewish heroine Judith (1901), displayed in the Austrian Gallery in Vienna. All three paintings are historical witnesses to the significance of Jewish patronage during the Golden Era of fin-de-siècle Vienna.

Sarah Bernhardt

The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, named by her fans the “Divine Sarah,” is recognized as the first international stage star.

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