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Unformatted text preview: reverse of the medal of Marsilio Ficino, the great Florentine Platonic philosopher, bore only the single word, Plato. Medals often bore the family Impressa, a kind of trade mark, logo, or insignia, like the winged eye on the reverse of the Alberti medal. Michael Level writes, "At once a new artifact but with antique echoes, personal, naturalistic and yet allusive, easily portable yet particularly durable, the portrait medal is a perfect symbol of Renaissance endeavor and achievement." Here, a few inches of metal held the promise of eternity. It is a perfect example of the Egyptian definition of the word sculptor, one-who-keeps-alive....
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- Fall '10
- medal, Marsilio Ficino, Pisanello, Alberti Medal, Alberti Medal Verso