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Elisabeth Dittmann Model was a painter and sculptor. She was born in Bayreuth, Bavaria and showed an early interest art that later led to her attending art school. She studied sculpture in Munich under Walter Thor and Cericioli, in Amsterdam at the Rijksakademie under Professor Jurgens, and in Paris under Moissi Kogan. She met her husband, Max Model, while in school. Model, along with her husband and children, fled from Nazi invasion to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. They traveled to Greece, Israel, Italy, and America, where the family finally settled in 1941 in New York City.

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Model, Elisabeth: [Self Portrait of Elisabeth Model], Leo Baeck Institute, 2019.43.