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The Pursuit of ImmortalityMasterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Collection

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 64 pages, 180 x 180 mm (7 ⅛ x 7 ⅛ in)

Illustrations — 40 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£15.00 / US$19.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-06-8

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A compact and accessible introduction to one of the greatest medals collection in private hands.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals on view at The Frick Collection, May 9—September 10, 2017. 

About the Book

The Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher Collection of portrait medals is considered to be the world’s greatest medals collection. This new volume, the result of a promised 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.

This fully illustrated volume features twenty of the best objects in the collection,  with extraordinary examples from Italy, France, Germany, England, and The Netherlands. There is an illuminating essay which highlights why the Scher collection is noted for its comprehensiveness and outstanding quality. Often overlooked by museums, these small-scale portraits were a significant part of visual culture, especially from the 15th to 19th century in Europe.

About the Author(s)

Aimee Ng is associate curator at The Frick Collection, New York, and a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. She has held curatorial and academic positions at the Morgan Library & Museum, where she was postdoctoral fellow at the Morgan’s Drawing Institute in 2014, 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).