Hasn’t Karen captured Sarra Copia Sulam’s look so perfectly? That wistful smile is lovely. Thanks, Karen, for adding to the gallery! I hope this will inspire more people to send me their photos to recreate these beautiful women.
Sarra Copia Sulam lived in the early 1600s in Venice’s Ghetto, first with her father and then with her husband who both supported her education and her literary pursuits. Sarra opened her home to a literary salon, where Jews and Christians were invited to share ideas about history, literature, theology, and more. A number of male scholars attacked or harassed Sarra as a writer and as a Jew, but she also gained support from a number of other prominent men, including Rabbi Leon Modena. This is believed to be her portrait, which Karen has brought back to life for us.