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DAVID D'ANGERS, Pierre-Jean

Angers, Maine-et-Loire 1788 - Paris 1856

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

1832

bronze

medallion

Dimensions (HxWxD): diam. 7 78 in.

Acc. No.: 2005.202

Credit Line: Purchase with funds from the Phoenix Society

Photo credit: courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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Provenance

  • 2005, Purchase with funds from the Phoenix Society

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013

Comment

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
    David d'Anger’s first major projects were to produce the ornamental carvings on the Arc de Triomphe and the Musée du Louvre’s façade. He became one of the best-known sculptors of his day, creating both busts and commemorative medals of contemporary celebrities. Portrait medals, which were based on the format of ancient coins, first became popular during the Renaissance. In the nineteenth century the new science of phrenology—the study of the shape of the head in order to determine an individual’s personality—helped to popularize the portrait medallion.