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Moritz Daniel Oppenheim was the foremost Jewish painter of the 19th century in Germany. He was born in Hanau to German-Jewish parents in 1799 and first studied painting under Conrad Westermayr before attending the Munich Academy of Arts. He traveled to Paris to study under Jean-Baptiste Regnault, and then to Rome where he studied with Bertel Thorwaldsen, Barthold Georg Niebuhr, and Johann Friedrich Overbeck. His observations of Jewish ghetto life in Rome served as preparation for later works. In 1825, he settled in Frankfurt am Main. Unlike some of his contemporaries, he chose not to convert to a Christian faith.
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Oppenheim, Moritz Daniel, 1799-1882: The New Judaism, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 2004.38.
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