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Lot 0036
Title: "Gracia Mendes Nasi"

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Signed: Lower Right

Date Created: Unknown

Canvas Size: 15 x 19.25"

Dimensions with Frame: 18.75 x 23"

Condition: Excellent

Provenance: Estate of Daniel Friedenberg

Biography of the Artist:

Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, illustrator, children's book author, and performer living in New York City. Von Buhler uses traditional as well as unconventional media: painting, sculpture, performance, video projection, installation, living fauna, collage, photography, human detritus, and electronic audio. By innovatively combining these media, often enhanced with text and electronics, von Buhler's canvasses frequently become elaborate kinetic installations. In March 2006, Art & Antiques named von Buhler "one of the top contemporary surrealists"., she has also been linked to the Fluxus movement.

Her work has appeared on the covers of New York's Gallery Guide, Communication Arts, Step by Step Graphics, New York Arts, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and many other publications. Von Buhler's cover photograph and headline for The Boston Globe Calendar section was later enlarged and used on billboards advertising the publication. Before von Buhler moved to New York City she lived in Boston where she was chosen by Boston Magazine as one of the "40 Bostonians We Love" in their June 2002 cover feature article. " Von Buhler's paintings have appeared in more than a thousand magazines, books, publications, billboards, and CDs. Her work has also appeared on TV in Law & Order SVU and Kidnapped and she was interviewed and profiled in Mary Magdalen: An Intimate Portrait on The Lifetime Network. In addition, a painting of hers commissioned by The New Yorker was featured in the show's introductory graphics.

Von Buhler has won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Society of Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and the Gold Medal from the Visual Club. Her work has been published frequently in The Society of Illustrators Annual, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, and American Illustration, each of which feature the best and most cutting-edge illustration in the country.

Howard Stern owns a portrait of himself painted by von Buhler, while Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, bought von Buhler's portraits of Madonna and Jimi Hendrix, both of which were featured in the "50th Anniversary of Rock and Roll" issue of Rolling Stone. Von Buhler's work is also in the collections of The Nassau County Museum of Art, The Staten Island Museum, The University of Toronto, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and hundreds of personal collections all over the world.

About the subject:

Gracia Mendes Nasi (Gracia is archaic Portuguese and Spanish for the Hebrew Hannah, also known by her Christianized name Beatriz de Luna Miques, 1510–1569) was one of the wealthiest Jewish women of Renaissance Europe. She married into the eminent international banking and finance company known as the House of Mendes. She was the aunt and business partner of Joseph Nasi, who became a prominent figure in the politics of the Ottoman Empire. She also developed an escape network that saved hundreds of Conversos - forcibly converted Jews - from the terrors of the Inquisition.

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Cynthia Von Buhler Portrait of Gracia Mendes Nasi

Auction ended on Sun, Nov 20, 2011
Estimate $1,750 - $3,500
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Danbury, CT 06811
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