The National Gallery of Art houses the single most important collection of portrait medals in the United States. This two-volume catalogue examines in depth these holdings, comprising more than nine hundred medals. Providing detailed technical information--including the alloy composition of each medal--drawn from careful research, observation, and analysis, Renaissance Medals breaks new ground in the scholarly literature. Volume 1 focuses on the Gallery's superb collection of Italian Renaissance medals, unique in their quality, number, and diversity.
John Graham Pollard is an internationally recognized authority on Renaissance medals. Eleonora Luciano is assistant curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art.