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Catalog Number 01.C.05
Object Name Medallion
Title Medallion with Relief Portrait of Voltaire
Description Oval plaster medallion with profile, portrait bust of Voltaire in center and "VOLTAIRE" etched under portrait. "R-2-(66)" written in pencil on reverse. Medallion is in similar style and construction to 01.C.07, 01.C.21, 01.c.32, M-P38-1, and MF85-156.
Label This medallion depicts Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, a French Enlightenment philosopher. He believed in the supremacy of reason and wrote treatises against inequality and injustice. Known for his wit and satire, he was popular with the American founding fathers. Benjamin Franklin took his grandson, William Temple Franklin, to meet Voltaire. The maker of this piece is unknown, but the style and composition may have been derived from a Wedgwood medallion of Voltaire.
Material Plaster
Dimensions H-4 W-3.25 D-0.625 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms sculpture