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Portrait Medallion with Head of Voltaire
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Portrait Medallion with Head of Voltaire


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Description Voltaire, the pen-name of Françoise Marie Arouet (1694-1778), was the leader of Europe's enlightenment intellectuals in the middle of the 18th century. He was both anti-clerical and anti-establishment and was more than once sentenced to imprisonment or exile because of his views. His image was very popular in the late 18th and into the 19th century and he was depicted in a range of media. This is one of several portrait reliefs by Nini held at the museum.
Exhibitions
  • Portrait Medallions of Jean-Baptiste Nini. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009-2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] NINI F.; [Transcription] VOLTAIRE.NE.LE.XX.FEVRIER.MDCXCIV.J.B.NINI.F.1781
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters (?)

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Period
1781
Medium
terracotta
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.425
Measurements
Diam: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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