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Catalog Number 2009.38
Object Name Medallion
Title Medallion with Portrait of Minerva
Artist Andrieu, Bertrand
Date ca. 1800
Description Profile of Minerva in helmet, with signature, "ANDRIEU. F." under bust. Enclosed in englomise glass.
Label Minerva (Athena in the Greek pantheon) is depicted on this medal by French engraver Bertrand Andrieu. The Roman goddess of war, civilization, crafts, poetry, and wisdom, Minerva wears a helmet decorated with a winged lion and appears very similar to her image on ancient coins. Andrieu used the figure of Minerva for other medallions, including his numerous ones depicting significant events in Napoleon’s reign. Andrieu is often considered a reviver of the art of engraving in France, although he is perhaps less well known than some of his early 19th-century counterparts, including Augustin Dupré.
Medium Copper
Dimensions Dia-3 inches
Dimension Details Glass frame: 8.5 x 7.5 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 19th century
nineteenth century
Greek