Jewish, Portuguese and perhaps the richest woman in the world
The life of Dona Gracia, who lived in 16th century Europe, is the subject of a new historical novel.
About 10 years ago, while visiting the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, Israeli journalist Naomi Keren noticed an ancient silver medallion that bore the likeness of Dona Gracia Nasi. “I was taken aback,” Keren says. “What I saw contradicted everything I knew about the use of art in connection with portraits in the Jewish world, because of the Second Commandment about making graven...
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