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The Frick Scores a Trove of 450 Historical Medals #ArtTuesday

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The Frick announced last week that they’ll soon receive an impressive collection of portrait medals.

Check out the extensive write-up from Hyperallergic.

The metal portraits are, by the nature of their low-relief design, not as detailed as, say, a painting, but they were a significant part of visual culture, especially from the 15th to 19th century in Europe. For example, 17th-century silver medals from the Netherlands contrast sharply with portraits of the Dutch “Golden Age,” while 19th-century medals — created during the art form’s revival in the Napoleonic era — are comparable to other portraits from the Empire.

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