Witnesses — Emigre medallists in Britain

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British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London
Tel:
0207 323 8000

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
4th October 2018 to 7th April 2019
10 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Fri)
Tickets & Cost:
Free. See britishmuseum.org

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Artists have been coming to Britain for hundreds of years to design medals to mark historical events and celebrate famous figures. The British Museum currently owns over 70,000 of them, and this free exhibition will collect together some of the finest examples from the last six centuries.

The earliest medal in the collection is a portrait of Mary Tudor, which was designed by the Italian Jacopo da Trezzo in the mid-16th century. Artists from many countries continued to play a vital role in the development of medallic art in Britain, and the exhibition will feature not only the best of their work, but also explore the rivalries that developed between them and British-born artists.

 

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