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Title: Medal for the Société des Amis des Arts de Lyon Annual Exhibition, France, 1839
Artists: Barre, Jean-Jacques
Keywords: France;Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564;Medals
Issue Date: 1839
Abstract: General Description: In 1836, the Société des Amis des Arts de Lyon (Society of the Friends of the Arts of Lyon) was officially created with the mission of organizing an annual exhibition.  The society was recognized by the Minister of the Interior in 1843.  The exhibitions lasted until 1887.  This medal was designed in 1839 and features a portrait of Michelangelo on the obverse.  It is essentially a copy of the medal designed by Santarelli in 1812
Obverse Description: The obverse shows a right side profile portrait of Michelangelo, including the inscription "SOCIETE DES AMIS DES ARTS DE LYON" (Society of the Friends of the Arts in Lyon), along with "BARRE 1889," the author and date, on the bottom.
Reverse Description: The reverse bears three laurel wreaths and features the inscription indicating the encouragement of the Arts and Industry, "ENCOURAGEMENT AUX ARTS ET A L'INDUSTRIE." The medal continued to be minted and awarded for several decades, with a mint mark identification on the medal's side. This example bears an anchor and the word "Argent" (silver).
Historical Context:
Artist Biography: Barre was a French medallist, who was the general engraver at the Monnaie de Paris between 1842 and 1855. In this position, he engraved and designed French medals, bank notes and postage stamps. He is named "Jean-Jacques Barre" in numismatic publications and "Jacques-Jean Barre" in philatelic ones. From the late 1840's until 1855, he created the first two French postage stamp designs: the Ceres series and Napoleon III series. His two sons, artists themselves, Albert Désiré and Jean-Auguste succeeded him at the post of general engraver.
Description: This medal was scanned and uploaded to DLynx by Bonnie Whitehouse '18 and Rachel Rotter '18 in the Visual Resources Center during the 2016-2017 school year.
Appears in Collections:A Catalogue of Medals Commemorating Michelangelo

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