National Geographic : 1971 Jun
A limited edition of fifty extraordinary art medals T HE TREASURES IN THE LOUVRE are beyond all calculation. In the centuries since it was converted from a royal palace into France's national museum, the Louvre has acquired a collection of masterpieces that unfailingly speak the poetry and drama of man's existence-works of art that inspire the full spectrum of emotion in those who stand before them. Some three million people from all over the world visit the Louvre every year, and come away enthralled by the majestic beauty of the works they have seen. But great art, to be fully enjoyed, should be seen again and again-studied, explored and contemplated over the years, not just glimpsed for a fleeting moment during a holiday in France. So it is that the masterpieces of the Louvre have inspired a new and unique collection of our own time-a series of 50 fine art medals that present the treasures of the Louvre in solid sterling silver. Subjects Selected by Experts and Sculptured by Masters The works to be included in this remarkable new series of fine art medals have been chosen by one of the most authoritative Advisory Boards ever assembled for any fine art project. Each of the seven members of this Board is a Conservateur -a curator of one of the seven Departments of the Louvre. These seven expert Conservateurshave devoted their lives to art; they are uniquely qualified to judge which of the masterpieces of the Louvre are most deserving of inclusion in this extraordinary medallic collection. The original sculptures for these medals are being painstakingly modeled by a team of celebrated French medallists which includes the internationally renowned Roger Bertrand Baron. Monsieur Baron, for twenty years a professor at the Ecole Normale du Professorat de Dessin a Paris, is a meticulous artist who has insisted upon beginning this project at the source, absorbing the full mood of each work. In the galleries of the Louvre, he and his colleagues have begun the long process of medallic sculpture. There they will give utmost attention to every detail, so that the Louvre masterpieces take on new dimension through interpretation in solid sterling silver. A Continuing Labor of Love One meticulously crafted medal will be produced each month for the next fifty months. Each of these solid sterling silver medals will measure a full 44mm in diameter and will carry a brilliant proof-quality finish-the exquisite finish traditionally reserved for masterworks of the minting art. And each medal will be accompanied by a detailed analysis of that work, written by a Louvre Conservateur. The FirstEdition of this extraordinary set of fifty art medals will be distinguished by special hallmarking on each medal and by a special First Edition album to hold and protect the complete set. This most desirable of all editions will be available exclusively to advance subscribers and will be strictly limited in quantity to one set per subscriber.All subscriptions for the First Edition must be postmarked by June 30, 1971. A sufficient amount of silver will be purchased and set aside to cover each subscriber, so that the original issue price of $12.00 per medal can be maintained for the entire series-no matter how high the price of silver may escalate while the series is being minted over the next fifty months. You Are Invited to Become a First Edition Subscriber As an advance subscriber entitled to a First Edition Proof Set, you will experience the satisfaction of beihg a Patron of the Arts in a fine art program of great significance. And when you receive each of these beautiful sterling silver medals, you will feel the great pride that accompanies ownership of objects of substance, intrinsic value-and imperishability. As the years go by, your First Edition collection of Treasuresof the Louvre will take on even greater significance and may well increase in value. You will never tire of looking through your album, admiring the great works and sharing with your family and friends the enrichment that a love of great art can bring. To become a First Edition subscriber, fill in the application provided and mail it with your remittance for the first medal by June 30, 1971. Only subscriptions postmarked by that date can be accepted. A complimentary First Edition album, designed to protect and display all fifty medals, is included with each subscription. The Franklin Mint has been authorized to handle the sub scription processing, minting and distribution of these medals for collectors in the United States. The Franklin Mint -an independent, publicly-owned corporation not affiliated with the U.S. Mint or any other government agency-is the world's foremost private mint and the world's leading pro ducer of sterling silver commemorative coins and art medals.