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February 2019

Jewelry: The Secret Language in Portraits of Power

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The 92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall, 1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
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$35

Stellene Volandes joins Jonquil O’Reilly Vice President, Specialist, Head of Sale for Old Master Paintings at Christie’s, Stephanie L. Herdrich, Ph.D. Assistant Curator of American Painting and Sculpture The American Wing The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Diana Singer President, American Society of Jewelry Historians, Owner, Abbott & Austin Estate Jewels. A lively and entertaining investigation into how artists have used jewelry as signifiers of wealth in portraiture, from Queen Elizabeth I mounds of pearls to the subtler pieces in…

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March 2019

Power Against Evil: Eye Beads and other Protective Measures

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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Stone agate eye bead, 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamia

Stone agate eye bead, 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamia   Lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin The evil eye is an epic story of humanity’s on-going struggles between superstition and reality, religion and science, moderation and excess. Prior to the evil eye, there were fertile eyes, holy eyes and solar eyes. When and why did eye imagery become associated with evil? Belief in an eye of evil has a long history and wide geographic spread. Beginning with Paleolithic times and continuing to…

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