David D’Arcy

MORE MAGNIFICENT THAN NEFERTITI?: Simon collected busts of Egyptian queens Tiye and Nefertiti. The latter is iconic, but this wooden carving of Tiye (on display in San Francisco) is arguably the more magnificent.

The Hyperbolic Philanthropy of James Simon

James Simon (1851–1932), a Jewish cotton magnate from Berlin, was a museum benefactor of such magnitude that his current obscurity is astounding at best and a scandal at worst. As his biography finally emerges from anonymity, so does one story of the Jewish philanthropy that made Berlin a cultural capital.