Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cincinnati's Hebrew Union College beneficiary of art collection

By Ann Thompson
Master silversmith Franz Anton Gutwein designed this gilded silver Torah breastplate in Augsberg, Germany, an important center for Jewish liturgical art, in 1801. Credit Hebrew Union College
OHIO---Over the next few weeks and months the staff at Hebrew Union College's Skirball Museum will be unboxing its newly acquired art collection. It contains 1,500 items including Rembrandt etchings, baseball memorabilia, and contemporary Israeli silver jewelry. The art was a gift from B'nai B'rith International, whose Washington, D.C. museum closed in the early 2000s. The organization said the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Skirball Museum was "an optimal partner to showcase this distinctive collection." [link]