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STYLE & SEDUCTION: JEWISH PATRONS, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN IN FIN DE SIECLE VIENNA. Elana Shapira. Brandeis University Press, Waltham, 2016. Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry. Published in association with University Press of New England, Lebanon. 338 pp. with 51 ills. (14 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-47436 ISBN 9781611689211 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 170334. Publisher's description: A recent surge of interest in Jewish patronage during the golden years of Vienna has led to the question, Would modernism in Vienna have developed in the same fashion had Jewish patrons not been involved? This book uniquely treats Jewish identification within Viennese modernism as a matter of Jews active fashioning of a new language to convey their aims of emancipation along with their claims of cultural authority. In this provocative reexamination of the roots of Viennese modernism, Elana Shapira analyzes the central role of Jewish businessmen, professionals, and writers in the evolution of the city's architecture and design from the 1860s to the 1910s. According to Shapira, these patrons negotiated their relationship with their non-Jewish surroundings and clarified their position within Viennese society by inscribing Jewish elements into the buildings, interiors, furniture, and design objects that they financed, produced, and co-designed.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Austria — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Architecture, Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170335
Paperbound $40.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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