Last week Jim Duncan asked for assistance identifying the works of art illustrated on the reverse of the "Monuments Men" medal.
Pete Smith writes:
I made a serious effort to identify the works of art illustrated on the "Monuments Men" medal. I am afraid I had limited
First I checked for articles that might list the art treasures illustrated. Perhaps the U. S. Mint mentioned them in a press release.
No, that would be too much to expect from the Mint. I was also unable to find any other published listing.
Then I tried to identify them visually from lists of recovered works of art. I have only been able to identify five.
At the bottom is a group of flowers. Perhaps there is a way to represent a painting of flowers in medallic art. This medal fails to do
this. This might illustrate "Flowers" by Lovis Corinth but it could represent any number of other paintings of flowers.
My five: Michelangelo's David; Leonardo da Vinci's Lady With an Ermine; Johannes Vermeer's The
Astronomer; Rembrandt's Self Portrait; and Vermeer's The Art of Painting. The E-Sylum reader who
identifies then all has my great respect.
Jim Duncan writes:
I asked the Mint, but they had no idea! They just make em!
As I make it - using "Saving Da Vinci" by Robert Edsel:- from the left - Lady with Ermine (Da Vinci); The
Astronomer (Vermeer); Rembrandt (self portrait); the mystery man - looks Polish or German to me; The Artist's Studio (Vermeer);
Camilla and the Centaur (Botticelli); and the statue of David (Michelangelo)
The other side repeats Rembrandt and Vermeer, but has a section of the Altarpiece from Ghent by van Eyck. (I've attached a
picture of the obverse).
So we still have a mystery man at 2 o'clock. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver, and Joel Iskowitz helped me reach her. Thanks!
Donna Weaver writes:
It is from a painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder of Kurfürst Johann Friedrich von Sachsen (Elector John Frederick of Saxony). The painting
is one of those that is still missing.
Thanks! Here's an image of the painting from the Monuments Men "Most Wanted: Works of Art" web page. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: NOVEMBER 8, 2015 : Quick Quiz: Art and Artists on the
Monuments Men Medal (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n45a09.html)
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