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Title

Image of plaster cast of Mussolini medallion by Dora Ohlfsen

1925

Artist

Dora Ohlfsen

Australia

22 Aug 1869 – 07 Feb 1948

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  • Details

    Date
    1925
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    12.0 x 10.3 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated c.r., verso, ink "Dora Ohlfsen/Rome/1925".

    Credit
    National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    ARC366.1.10
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Dora Ohlfsen

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    Works in the collection

    39

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  • About

    In 1922 Mussolini agreed to sit for a portrait by Dora Ohlfsen. She visited him at Palazzo Chigi, making sketches for the work. He eventually signed the plaster cast of the medallion and inscribed it with the motto 'per adua ad astra' (through adversity to the stars). The portrait was a commission from Adrian Charles Moreing, the owner of a bauxite mine at Predil. The medallion was presented as a gift to Mussolini and another copy was placed at the entrance of the mine.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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