Stephen K. Scher

Susan Dackerman: “Making Prints, Making Medals”

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Susan Dackerman, John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, presents her lecture Making Prints, Making Medals. This video is one of a series of lectures from the symposium Full Circle: The Medal in Art History, presented by The Frick Collection in honor of Stephen K. Scher on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Ian Wardropper, Robert Wellington, and Aimee Ng

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Welcome and opening remarks from Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection; Robert Wellington, Lecturer at the Australian National University; and Aimee Ng, Associate Curator at The Frick Collection. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium Full Circle: The Medal in Art History, presented by The Frick Collection in honor of Stephen K. Scher on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Heads and Tales: The Odyssey of a Medals Collector

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Stephen Scher — a collector, scholar, and curator — has assembled the finest private collection of portrait medals in the world, part of which he and his wife, Janie Woo Scher, have given to The Frick Collection (and which is the focus of the upcoming exhibition, The Pursuit of Immortality). This lecture tells the story behind building a collection of this stature — a tale of motivation, temptations, mistakes, and successes — as well as touching upon the development of the medal and its varied messages.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Robert Louis Stevenson

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), dated 1887 (probably cast ca. 1907). Copper alloy, cast, 45.9 cm. Scher Collection
 

This video is part of a series in which collector Stephen K. Scher discusses several favorite works from his collection. The five videos are produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals, on view at The Frick Collection from May 9 through September 10, 2017.

Alfonso Ruspagiari, Portrait of a Woman and an Onlooker

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Alfonso Ruspagiari (1521–1576), Portrait of a Woman and an Onlooker, ca. 1550. Lead alloy, cast, 69.6 mm. Scher Collection
 
This video is part of a series in which collector Stephen K. Scher discusses several favorite works from his collection. The five videos are produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals, on view at The Frick Collection from May 9 through September 10, 2017.

Pisanello, Cecilia Gonzaga

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Antonio di Puccio Pisano, called Pisanello (ca. 1395–1455) Cecilia Gonzaga (1426–1451), dated 1447. Copper alloy, cast, 85.8mm, Scher Collection
 
This video is part of a series in which collector Stephen K. Scher discusses several favorite works from his collection. The five videos are produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals, on view at The Frick Collection from May 9 through September 10, 2017.

Sebastien Dadler, Frederick Henry in Triumph

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Sebastian Dadler (1586–1657), Frederick Henry in Triumph and Arrival of Princess Mary in the Netherlands, dated 1648. Gilt silver, struck, 73.5 mm. Scher Collection

This video is part of a series in which collector Stephen K. Scher discusses several favorite works from his collection. The five videos are produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals, on view at The Frick Collection from May 9 through September 10, 2017.

Making a Medal Using the Sand Casting Process

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This video, produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals, describes the making of a medal with the process known as sand casting. A silent version will be on display in The Frick Collection galleries from May 9 to September 10, 2017.

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