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The Art History and Jewish Studies Programs Present "Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations"

Eleanor Davis
The Scribe (Paris, 1927)

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Art History and Jewish Studies Programs at Bard College will sponsor a lecture on the work of 20th-century artist Arthur Syzk. Irvin Unger will present “Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations” on Wednesday, September 21, at 3 p.m. in Bertelsmann Campus Center’s Weis Cinema. The program is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

This illustrated presentation examines the long and varied career of Arthur Szyk, from the rich illuminations of his Paris period, World War II political art, to limited edition fine-art books such as his famous Passover Haggadah. Guest lecturer Unger is the foremost expert and leading dealer of the art of Arthur Szyk.

About Arthur Szyk 

Best known for his World War II anti-Nazi political art and his beloved Passover Haggadah, artist Arthur Szyk (pronounced “shik”) revived the medieval tradition of illumination. A master of miniature painting and calligraphy, Szyk brought his unmistakable style to subjects as diverse as biblical stories, literary classics, and political caricature and cartoon. Many of his works were published as limited edition fine art books and as editorials in periodicals such as Collier’s, Esquire, Time, and The New York Post. Other popular works, such as his celebrated illumination of the Declaration of Independence, were reproduced and widely distributed as fine-art prints. A self-described “soldier in art,” Szyk was a committed activist-artist, advocating for religious tolerance and racial equality for minorities, especially for Jews and African Americans. Today, collectors around the globe prize Szyk’s art for its vibrant imagery and messages, which remain as stunning and timely as ever. To see the work of Arthur Szyk, go to


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This event was last updated on 09-08-2011