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THE CURRENCY OF FAME: PORTRAIT MEDALS OF THE RENAISSANCE. Ed. by Stephen K. Scher. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1994. Organized in association with Frick Collection, New York. Published in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. 424 pp. with 496 ills. (100 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 93-26690 ISBN 0810931915 In English.
Exploring a little-studied art form that flourished throughout much of Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, this substantial catalogue showcases an outstanding selection of 170 Renaissance portrait medals, many of the works incorporating texts and symbolic and narrative images that illuminate the attributes and achievements of the princes, artists, scholars, bishops, merchants and other sitters portrayed. Extensive scholarly commentaries on the exhibited pieces and biographical profiles of the featured artists (among them Pisanello, Alberti, Bramante, Hilliard and Matsys) are prefaced by an essay surveying the origins, history and purpose of the Renaissance portrait medal and reviewing its distinctive evolution in Italy, Germany, France, England and the Low Countries.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1400-1600 — Medals and Coins, Sculpture
Plans: 01,06,07,08,17
Worldwide Number: 024339
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