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Primavera

1925 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.27 Not currently on view


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Although the story behind Paul Wayland Bartlett’s medal design is unknown, the title, Primavera, refers to an allegory of spring that was a popular theme among Renaissance artists. The laurel wreath framing the young girl’s head can also symbolize the success or victory that a commemorative medal is designed to honor. This hollow relief, with its ragged edge, was likely produced as an artist’s strike, or sample, to test the final design.

Keywords

Allegory - season - spring

Figure female - child - head

sculpture - relief

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Wayland Bartlett

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925

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