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Title: Medal for the Art Exposition of 1881, issued by La Société des Artistes Français (Society of French Artists), reverse commemorates Emile Boilvin as juror, 1881
Artists: Anonymous, France
Keywords: France;Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564;Medals
Issue Date: 1881
Abstract: General Description: In 1881, the French Royal Academy took its current name of La Société des Artistes Français (Society of French Artists). In that year the State delegated it the task of organizing the annual exhibition of Fine Arts and self-administration.  This bronze medal was issued in France with the image of Michelangelo Buonarroti on the occasion of the Art Exposition of 1881 (better known as the French Salon).  
Obverse Description: The obverse reproduces the design of the Leone Leoni medal of 1560, which bears the right side profile portrait of Michelangelo and the inscription 88- "MICHAELANELVS-BONARROTVS-FLO-R-AES-ANN" (88 Michelangelo Buonarroti) in the surround.
Reverse Description: The reverse refers to the Salon of 1881 with an inscription of "SOCIETE-DES-ARTIISTES-FRANCAIS-POUR-L'EXPOSITION-DES-BEAUX-ARTES-EN-1881" (Society of French Artists for the Exposition of Beautiful Arts in 1881) surrounding the name of Emile Boilvin, identified as member of the jury committee as "A MR-BOILVIN MEMBRE DU COMITE" in the inscription.
Historical Context:
Artist Biography: Émile Boilvin (1845-1899) was a celebrated French painter and engraver and a member of the Society of French Artists.  One of his more famous etchings is a portrait of the artist Eugene Delacroix, done in 1873 after a photograph.  In 1889 Boilvin became a Knight of the Legion of Honor.  This medal honors Boilvin and commemorates his having served on the jury committee.  Other known medals of this same type honor the engraver Maxime Lalanne (1827-1886) and the economist Léon Say (1826-1896), then president of the French Senate.
Bibliography: See Eidlitz, 197.
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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