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John F. Flanagan

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Aphrodite and Swift Runners Medal

2 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. (7.3 x 7.3 cm)

John F. Flanagan
American (Newark, NJ, 1898 - 1952)

Object Type: Medal
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Edward G. Miner
Accession Number: 1932.21
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Location: Not currently on view

6th medal issued by the Society of Medalists

This bronze medal is the sixth issue by the Society of Medalists, which from 1930 to 1995 released 129 limited-edition medals to subscribing members. In the words of artist John F. Flanagan:

“This medal gets its inspiration from classical antiquity . . . the Swift Runners grasping the torch from the failing hands of the runner exhausted in the race is derived from the Lampadedromia, the Greek and Roman torch foot-race, in which the light is passed from one runner to the next waiting relay, competing with other lines of racing torch bearers.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

See David Thomason Alexander's American Art Medals, 1909-1995: The Circle of Friends of the Medallion and the Society of Medalists, New York: American Numismatic Society, 2010, p. 56-58.

On face - head of Aphrodite, "Aphrodite"; On reverse - athlete handing torch to runners, "Swift Runners"

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