Bronze medal 'Crucifixion' , designed by Andro Meszaros and minted by Pinches, London, in 1947.
This is the 11th medal of the Stations of the Cross by renowned medal sculptor Andor Meszaros. Meszaros, a Hungarian immigrant, arrived in Australia in 1938. He found that Australia did not have a developed tradition in medallic art and in 1949 travelled to England to undertake sculpture and medallion work at Canterbury. Here his Stations of the Cross medal series, which he had been designing for seven years, was endorsed by the Bishop of the Cathedral and became known as the 'Canterbury Series'. It took Andor a further 20 years to complete the 14 medals of the series, which was available in both silver and bronze.
A silver uniface medal (64 mm diameter) depicting Christ being nailed to the cross, three other figures in the field
CHRISTVS FIGITVR AD CRVCEM / ANDOR / MESZAROS / 1943 / [monogram]. Figure of Christ being nailed to the cross, three other figures in the field
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Obverse: CHRISTVS FIGITVR AD CRVCEM ANDOR MESZAROS 1943 Reverse: PINCHES LONDON
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[Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.
[Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1986. Michael Meszaros: The Man and his Medals. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 2: 4-24.