Image of plaster cast of Mussolini medallion by Dora Ohlfsen
22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948
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.
gelatin silver photograph
12.0 x 10.3 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated c.r., verso, ink "Dora Ohlfsen/Rome/1925".
National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995
Not on display
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 1 publication
Freda Sternberg, 'Australian sculptor', Melbourne, 07 Jan 1926. illus.