S85. MEDALS 3. EUROPE
- Agnieszka Smołucha-Sładkowska (National Museum in Kraków)
On March 27th, 2020 a special event moved the whole of humanity regardless of religious beliefs: the Pope of the Catholic Church, alone in a completely empty Piazza san Pietro, and in the darkness of a rainy evening, raised a prayer to the God of all people to free us from the terrible pandemic that is overwhelming our lives. It is not the first time that Peter's successors have performed such...
Contemporary medals provide an artistic commentary on perspectives on history and culture. Topics range from global phenomena to subjective emotions. As such, contemporary medallic art has great potential as a source for several disciplines. Next to numismatic expertise the study of medals requires knowledge of social, political, and cultural spheres as well as historical events.
This paper explores the stylistic and compositional influences on the Lloyd's Medal for Saving Life at Sea, engraved by William Wyon in 1836. It suggests that Wyon, who is credited with the original design, assembled a collage of disparate elements which nevertheless act in harmony, resulting in a successful and enduring example of neoclassical composition.