Litteris et Artibus

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Obverse of the Litteris et Artibus medal of Gustav V.
Reverse of the medal.

Litteris et Artibus is a Swedish royal medal established in 1853 by Charles XV of Sweden, who was then crown prince. It is awarded to people who have made important contributions to culture, especially music, dramatic art and literature.[1]

The obverse side of the medal has the image of the current King while the reverse has the text "Litteris et artibus" (Latin: Letters and Arts).

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  1. ^ "King awards medals". Swediah Royal House.
  2. ^ Penn Library exhibitions "Marian Anderson: A Life in Song", retrieved 19 February 2015, ...and in 1952 received from King Gustav of Sweden his government's "Litteris et Artibus" medal.
  3. ^ "People, Jan. 11, 1937". Time. 11 Jan 1937. Retrieved 24 July 2010. In Council of State King Gustaf of Sweden decorated Cinemactress Greta Garbo with the nation's gold medal litteris et artibus, highest Swedish award for artistic achievement.

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