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Past Exhibition

Models for Medals

The model for a medal was typically shaped in wax, stone, or wood. Medalists in Germany tended to favor stone and wood, while artists in Italy usually preferred wax (see no. 34, a rare surviving example of a sixteenth-century wax model). In the nineteenth century, the French sculptor Pierre-Jean David d’Angers sculpted expressive models in wax, such as the one of Pierre-René Choudieu (no. 112), for a large number of cast medals and medallions (reviving the tradition of cast medals of the Italian Renaissance). Plaster, as seen in the model for the Jean-Victor Schnetz medal (no. 111), could be used to make a model and for casting after a medal.

  • Stone model for a portrait medal of Friedrich Behaim wearing a hat over a bald head, bearded, in profile to the left

    Unknown Nuremberg artist
    Friedrich VII Behaim (1491–1533), dated (on reverse) 1526
    Limestone
    Diam.: 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)
    Scher Collection

    Cat. 44

  • Wooden model for a portrait medal of Matthaeus Schwarz wearing a hat in profile to the right

    Friedrich Hagenauer (act. 1520–after 1546)
    Matthaeus Schwarz (1497–ca. 1574), 1530
    Boxwood
    Scher Collection
    Diam. obverse: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
    Diam. reverse: 1 3/4 in. (4.37 cm)

    Cat. 49

  • Plaster medal of a man in profile to the right

    Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856)
    Jean-Victor Schnetz (1787–1870), dated 1828
    Plaster
    Diam. (with loop): 5 3/16 in. (13.17 cm)
    Diam.: 4 7/8 in. (12.37 cm)
    Scher Collection

    Cat. 111

  • Wax portrait of a man in profile to the right

    Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856)
    Pierre-René Choudieu (1761–1838), 1832
    Wax on slate
    5 5/8 × 4 15/16 in. (14.25 × 12.56 cm)
    Scher Collection

    Cat. 112