100627 | UNITED STATES. Dancers/Bathers bronze Medal.
100627 | UNITED STATES. Society of Medalists bronze Medal. Dated 1962. Dancers – Bathers (72mm, 169.18 g, 12h). By O. Maldarelli.
DANCERS, three nude females dancing with slight drapery / B~A~T~H~E~R~S, three nude females playing with ball in pool. Edge: THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 65TH ISSUE – MAY 1962 ORONZIO MALDARELLI. SC. © / MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE.
Alexander SOM-65.1. Choice Mint State. Attractive matte yellow-brown surfaces, with a hint of bronzing
Born in Italy in 1892, Oronzio Maldarelli immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1901, where he would later begin his studies in the world of art. Famous for his many classical nude sculptures, his work became a bit more abstract and modern toward the latter part of his career, exemplified by this issue in the Society of Medalists series. In his "Message from the Artist," pamphlet, Maldarelli wrote about his design that "...as its function is not to memorialize a specific subject, I hope it will be interpreted and accepted as a piece of sculpture and perhaps enjoyed as such."