Flat round or oval relief bigger than a medal made in any material including wood, marble, terracotta and bronze. Medallions are sometimes incorporated into larger sculptures such as tomb monuments. Portrait images typically decorate the front, whereas the back, if ornamented, usually displays an emblem, symbolic motif, narrative scene, and/or inscription that refers to the life or personality of the person on the front.
Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
by Jean Cavalier
Sir Christopher Wren
by David Le Marchand
after Joachim Smith
based on a work of circa 1773
William Thomas Brande
attributed to Jean Baptiste Troye
by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers, cast by Louis Richard
James Meadows Rendel
by Richard Cockle Lucas
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