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Portrait Medallion of Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
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Portrait Medallion of Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This medallion of the great German naturalist, writer, and statesman exhibits D'Angers sensitivity in modeling and his views on facial types. A comparison of this medallion with that of Jean Pierre Boyer (Walters 54.844) is a reminder that we usually think of the color of bronze as simply an abstract choice, having nothing representational to add.
Exhibitions
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Bottom center: DAVID; [Date] Bottom center: 1831; [Inscription] On right: ALEXANDRE / DE HUMBOLDT; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1831
Medium
cast bronze, chemical patina
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.842
Measurements
Diam: 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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