National Geographic : 1977 Jan
who could make even the most traditional subjects come alive with remarkable freshness and vitality. A brilliant artist who could capture the graceful beauty of the human form with a skill unsurpassed in the entire history of art. A master whose bold yet incredibly beautiful style ushered in the glorious Baroque era of great art-and whose work still stands as the ultimate achievement of that immensely creative period. Now, at the 400th anniversary of his birth in 1577, the genius of Rubens will be captured for all time in a superb collection of one hundred fine art medals. The first such collection ever created to honor the achievements of this world-famous artist. The First Edition of this historic collection, moreover, will be issued solely in 24 karat gold electroplate on sterling silver. It will be the only gold on sterling edition of The Masterpieces of Rubens that will ever be created. And it is being made available in strictly limited edition. A magnificent treasury of fine medallic art An artist of boundless creative energy, Peter Paul Rubens created more than a thousand brilliant works of art during his lifetime. It is the one hundred greatest of these works that will be portrayed in this superb new medal collection. Timeless master pieces such as The Raisingof the Cross, the sublime altarpiece considered one of the most inspiring creations in the history of art ... Rubens with His Wife Isabella Brant Amidst Honeysuckle Bower, the exquisite wedding portrait that so perfectly captures Rubens' deep love for his wife . . . and The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, in which Rubens' genius for bringing realism and vitality to mythological themes reached its fullest expression. Exquisitely sculptured, exacting detail To capture both the exquisite detail and the scope of these immortal works, each medal in the collection will measure 44mm (13/ inches) in diameter. Each medal, moreover, will be a work of art in its own right, sculptured and engraved by the renowned artists and craftsmen of The Franklin Mint, and struck with a flawless Proof finish, so that the dramatically frosted sculpture is set against a back ground of mirror-like brilliance. Furthermore, a special collector's chest-hand crafted of the finest hardwoods in the rich Baroque style of Rubens' own time, fitted with velvet-lined drawers, and individually personalized with a name plate bearing the name of its owner-will be fur nished to each subscriber as part of the collection. In addition, an authoritative commentary that discusses the work of art portrayed and its impor tance in the history of art will accompany each medal. Convenient acquisition plan The Masterpieces of Rubens will be issued sys tematically at the rate of one new medal each month. The original issue price for each 24 karat gold on sterling silver medal is $29.50-and this price will be guaranteedfor the complete collection. To acquire your First Edition Proof Set, you must mail the accompanying Subscription Application by January 31, 1977. The total number of these sets to be issued in the United States will be per manently limited to the number of valid subscrip tions postmarked by that date. Because of world-wide interest in the art of Rubens, this collection will also be made available later to collectors in other countries. An heirloom collection of lasting value The collector who acquires The Masterpieces of Rubens will possess an extraordinary series of fine art medals, capturing forever the exquisite beauty of one hundred of the greatest works of art ever created. A collection to own and display with pride. To treasure for a lifetime. To pass along to future generations as a cherished family heirloom. So do be sure you mail your Subscription Applica tion to The Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, Penn sylvania, no later than January 31, 1977. - -- - - SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION- - - - THE MASTERPIECES OF RUBENS Must be postmarked by January 31, 1977 The Franklin Mint Franklin Center, Pennsylvania 19091 Please enter my subscription for a First Edition Proof Set of The Masterpieces of Rubens, con sisting of 100 Proof-quality medals in 24 karat gold on sterling silver. These medals are to be sent to me at the rate of one per month. I need send no money now. I will be billed $29.50* for the first medal in advance of its shipment, and I agree to pay for each sub sequent medal as it is sent to me. A custom designed hardwood collector's chest will be sent to me separately at no additional charge. *Plus my state sales tax. Signature ALL APPLICATIONSSUBJECTTO ACCEPTANCE Mr. Mrs. Miss PLEASEPRINTCLEARLY Address City State, Zip Also available in Canadaat $30.50 per medal, plus provincial sales tax. Mail application to The FranklinMint CanadaLtd., S 70 Galaxy Boulevard, Rexdale, OntarioM9W 4Y7. 8 THE FRANKLIN MINT IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRIVATE MINT. IT IS NOT AFFILIATED WITr THE U.S. MINT OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY.