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Gabriele d'Annunzio



Dora Ohlfsen


22 Aug 1869 – 07 Feb 1948

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  • Details

    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

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Dora Ohlfsen

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    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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