Primavera

  • Paul Wayland Bartlett, Primavera, 1925, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III, 1958.11.27

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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.

Title
Primavera
Artist
Date
1925
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – flower
  • Allegory – season – spring
  • Figure female – child – head
Object Number
1958.11.27
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI