The medal in art and politics 

6 Jul 2014 -  6 Jul 2014,  4pm - 5pm
ICON, Level 2
Friends of Te Papa $10.00, guests/public $15.00
Talk; Special; Friends 

Philip Attwood, former Curator of Medals and currently Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, will talk about the Museum’s unrivalled collection of around 70,000 medals, focussing in particular on the ways in which artists of the Italian Renaissance to contemporary artists around the world have used medals for political comment.

Generally associated with glory, honour and victory, medals also have a darker side, and this lesser known aspect of medallic art is well represented in the British Museum’s collection.  For more than five centuries artists have employed techniques ranging from subtle satire to outright insults in medals that attack and ridicule their subjects and promote a different way of thinking.  From the 15th century Italian sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni (Michelangelo’s teacher), to contemporary New Zealand artist Michael Reed, artists have made medals that pack a hefty political punch.

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