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Image of plaster cast of Mussolini medallion by Dora Ohlfsen

1925


Artist

Dora Ohlfsen

Australia

22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948


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.


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


Artist information

Dora Ohlfsen

Artist profile

Works in the collection

33


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Freda Sternberg, 'Australian sculptor', Melbourne, 07 Jan 1926. illus.