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The Banishment of Coriolanus

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

    1509-1516 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moderno (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    220-1906

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR17

Plaquettes are small plaques made of bronze, brass, lead or precious metals. They originated in the 1440s with the desire to reproduce coins and hardstone engravings from ancient Greece and Rome. Some were made as collector’s pieces, to be viewed and displayed in private, and others for practical purposes. They also inspired designs in other media, from architecture to bookbindings. This plaquette and inv.no. A.447-1910 were copied from a silvered copper inkwell here in the V&A. Their moulded edges suggest that they probably formed part of a casket or a similar inkwell.

Physical description

Bronze plaquette with a double moulded rim depicting the banishment of Coriolanus. To the left a Roman official seated on a platform, the base marked 'SPQR'; beside him stands a man in a toga handing a scroll to an armed warrior; a second armed warrior stands to the right looking on.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)

Date

1509-1516 (made)

Artist/maker

Moderno (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'SPQR'
'Senatus Populis que Romanes'
Emblem of authority in Republican and later Imperial Rome. Li: For the Senate and the people of Rome.

Dimensions

Height: 43 cm, Width: 50.5 cm

Object history note

One of a series of plaquettes illustrating the life of Coriolanus.
Acquired in London with together 219-1906, for £10 10s.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, depicting the banishment of Coriolanus, in the manner of Moderno, Italy, ca. 1509-1516

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1906, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 36
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 40

Production Note

formerly attributed to the Coriolanus Master

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Man; Scroll; Warrior

Categories

Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes; Metalwork

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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