SOME INTERESTING MEDALS: MARCH 19, 2017
The E-Sylum (3/19/2017)
VANITAS by Marika Somogyi (SOM #113)
2. SOM #113, 1985. VANITAS. 70.8 x 60mm. Oval.. Marika Somogyi, Sc.
Uncirculated. Original pamphlet. “A mirror cries out for a beautiful woman. John Milton is Paradise Lost wrote, "In naked beauty more adorn'd, more lovely, then Pandora." In sculpting the naked woman admiring herself in a mirror, I created the ultimate representation of vanity, one of the seven deadly sins on the medieval world. Accordingly, on the other side of the medal, peering through the looking glass, waits the devil." $85.00
ERUDITA VANITAS Medal by John Cook
9. SOM #105, 1981. 73mm. Bronze. John Cook, Sc. Uncirculated. Obverse: Faun with pipes. Reverse: Man with mask. 750 struck. Original pamphlet.
The artist states, "INGENTIA L.EVITAS ET ERUDITA VANITAS" (Frivolity is inborn and conceit is learned) This brief couplet from Cicero's Pro Flacco presents a profound opposition of the dionysian and appollonian aspects of man's nature. Being deeply moved both by the wit and the simple beauty employed in the fusing together of these diverse elements, I have tried in sculptural terms to achieve a like coupling. The style, derived from classical forms, I see as a challenge to the contemporary artistic idiom which too often lacks both levity and erudition." $85.00