- Media category
- Materials used
- bronze medallion
- 12.0 diam.
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., incised "DORA OHLFSEN ../ 1909".
- Purchased 1912
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In the early 20th century, Dora Ohlfsen was considered one of the world’s most highly regarded sculptors of medallions.
Ohlfsen made her name creating portraits of the rich and powerful. In her studio salon in Rome, Ohlfsen and her partner Elena von Kügelgen and would entertain nobility, church leaders and the literary and artistic figures who made up the sophisticated art scene in Rome.
Ohlfsen was invited to show at the annual exhibitions of the Società Amatori from 1903, and her works reproduced in the cultural journal Rivista di Roma. Among her early medallions is the first portrait of celebrated Italian poet, playwright and later politician, Gabriele d’Annunzio.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Oct 2019–08 Mar 2020
Referenced in 2 publications
Miss Dora Ohflsen', The Sydney Mail, 'Plaquette, Sydney, 25 Sep 1912, 24. “… a reproduced example of the plaquettes, which were executed for the Italian Minister for War, as prizes for the best boy scouts of the year between 1911 and 1916”.
Editor Unknown, The Freeman's Journal, 'Womans Page', Sydney, 12 Sep 1912, 28. "A plaquette for Italian Cavalry Regiments caught the eye of a Sydney connoisseur, well known for his unerring judgement as a lover of the best in art, and has been purchased by him".
Other works by Dora Ohlfsen
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