The Pursuit of Immortality

GBP £15.00



ISBN: 978-1-911282-06-8

64 Pages

180 x 180 mm (7 ⅛ x 7 ⅛ in)

40 colour illustrations

In association with The Frick Collection, New York

May 2017


A compact guide to one of the best medal collections in the world

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The Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher collection of medals is unparalleled among those in private hands. Noted for its comprehensiveness and outstanding quality, it includes medals dating  from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

This new volume, the result of the Schers’ gift of 450 medals to The Frick Collection in 2016, brings to life these masterpieces of small-scale sculpture, conveying the circumstances of their creation and their historic significance. Beginning in the Italian Renaissance, medals were made to commemorate individuals and to acknowledge specific events or milestones, such as marriages, deaths, coronations, and military victories. They were precious, portable, and popular among the wealthy and powerful.  This book provides a concise, fascinating introduction to their artistry.


Aimee Ng is associate curator at The Frick Collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Director’s Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. The Pursuit of Immortality
  4. Checklist of the Exhibition
  5. Bibliography
  6. Index