1802-1885 French Poet, Novelist
Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages).
Bronze Medal by Cabral Antunes 1985
Portrait medals developed out of a desire to achieve fame and immortality. In early renaissance Italy a new awareness of the self and individualism developed, stressing the importance of personal fame and virtue. Man’s uniqueness was expressed through literature, sculpture and portraiture. Alongside this revival grew a renewed interest in ideas of classical antiquity.