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Tuesday 13 December 2016First Look at Incomparable Collection of Portrait Medals

The Pursuit of Immortality The Pursuit of Immortality Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Aimee Ng

The Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher collection of medals is unparalleled among those in private hands. It is noted for its comprehensiveness and outstanding quality, and includes medals which date from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

This new volume, the result of a gift of 450 medals to The Frick Collection in 2016, brings to life these masterpieces of small-scale sculpture, compellingly conveying the circumstances of their creation and their historic significance. Today, medals are generally associated with awards, but when they first emerged in the Italian Renaissance, they were made to commemorate individuals and to shape and circulate their identities. They were precious, portable, and popular among the wealthy and powerful.  The 160 masterpieces featured in this book provide a fascinating introduction to the art of the medal.

This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals on view at The Frick Collection from May 9 through Sept 3, 2017.


Aimee Ng is Associate Curator at The Frick Collection, NY, and a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. She has held curatorial and academic positions at the Morgan Library & Museum and at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D. She was guest curator of The Poetry of Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca” (2014) and organizing curator of Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action (2015–16).


The Pursuit of Immortality

Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals


Aimee Ng


RRP: US$19.95 / UK£15.00


ISBN 978-1-911282-06-8

56 pages

180 x 180 mm, (7 ½ x 7 ½ in)

30 color illustrations

Publication date: May 2017

Publisher: D Giles Limited, London, in association with The Frick Collection, New York




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