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Portrait Medal of King Leopold II, Commemorating the World Exhibition of Antwerp in 1885, 1885

  • gilding (technique), bronze
  • 60.4 mm
  • Inv. 1921-DT

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The 1885 World's Fair in Antwerp was not only a first for Antwerp but also for Belgium, as it was the first time this event was held in our country. The prestige of such exhibitions was particularly important for the economy and trade. It was only towards the end of the century that the arts received more attention. For the emerging medal art, it was a must to immortalise these great events with all kinds of medals. The most famous designers were therefore approached, such as Wyon in London in 1862 and Ponscarme in Paris in 1867. Belgium did not want to be outdone and chose Charles Wiener, who made a medal with the image of King Leopold II.


Charles Wiener
Venlo 1832 - Brussels 1888

Title Portrait Medal of King Leopold II, Commemorating the World Exhibition of Antwerp in 1885
Date 1885
Period 19th century
Medium and support gilding (technique) AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription and signature at the front, around the image: LEOPOLD . II . ROI . DES . BELGES . PROTECTEUR . DE . L' EXPOSITION ; CH.WIENER.BRUXELLES
inscription and year on the back, around the depiction: EXPOSITION . UNIVERSELLE . ANVERS . 1885 ; CHARLES. WIENER
Collection medals AAT
Object type commemorative medals AAT
award medal
Inventory number 1921-DT
Acquisition credit transfer
Cabinet Numismatique de la Ville de Gand
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1921-DT
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/7946/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300055865 Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
44B113 king Iconclass
46B181 Universal exhibition Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(LEOPOLD II) historical person (LEOPOLD II) Iconclass
61D(BELGIUM) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass
61E(ANTWERP) names of cities and villages (ANTWERP) Iconclass
School / Style realism (artistic form of expression) AAT
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