Art in Context

Sargent and the Sassoons


Tuesday, March 21, 2023
2 – 3 pm EDT
Zoom, Virtual Program

Discover the remarkable history of the Sassoon family and their pioneering role in trade, art collecting, architectural patronage, and civic engagement from the early 19th century through World War II in this two-part virtual course inspired by the exhibition The Sassoons (March 3 – August 13, 2023). Follow four generations from Iraq to India, China, and England through a rich selection of works collected by family members over time, including lavishly decorated Hebrew manuscripts and rare Jewish ceremonial art; Chinese art and ivory carvings; and British landscape painting. Then take an in-depth look at the family’s relationship with artist John Singer Sargent, and his portraits of Jewish patrons as explored in the past exhibition John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children (September 16, 2016 - February 5, 2017).

Each tour is led by a Jewish Museum educator and is one hour in length including Q & A. Classes take place over Zoom.

Tickets: $30 General; $24 Jewish Museum Members.

Please note that this is a live virtual two-session class, which will not be recorded for later viewing. Ticket purchase is required and includes both sessions, March 21 & 28, 2 - 3 pm EDT.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Aline de Rothschild, Lady Sassoon, 1907 Oil on canvas; 64 ½ x 42 ½ in. (163 x 108 cm). Courtesy Houghton Hall Collection, used by permission. Artefact / Alamy Stock Photo.