Art collector and historian, Stephen K. Scher, assembled the finest private collection of portrait medals in the world, and in Heads and Tales: The Odyssey of a Medals Collector, he tells the story behind the building of his collection, including the motivation, temptations, mistakes, and successes. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from a collector’s personal experience.
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⇒ In 2017, the Frick Collection in New York City celebrated the Scher medal collection with the The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals exhibit, showcasing more than 120 medals along with sculptures and works on paper from the museum’s holdings. The exhibition examined the history, range and versatility of this fine art form produced by artists who were also well-known painters, sculptors, and printmakers, from Pisanello in Renaissance Italy to David d’Angers in nineteenth-century France.
Medal, Google Arts & Culture (Free to view: Digital photo collection of historical and ancient medals)
More about history and collecting – The Meserve-Kunhardt Collection is an extraordinary compilation of 19th century American photography and the largest collection of unique photographs of Abraham Lincoln passionately collected, preserved and documented by five generations.
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Feature photo of Isabella d’Este medal by Gian Cristoforo Romano (Italian Renaissance sculptor), sourced via WikiMedia, Public Domain