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Plaquette - St George and the Dragon
  • St George and the Dragon
    Enzola, Giovanni Francisco da Parma
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St George and the Dragon

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (north, made)

  • Date:

    1475-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Enzola, Giovanni Francisco da Parma (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.457-1910

  • 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.
Enzola was the Master of the Mint in Ferrara. This plaquette is cast from the impression of the episcopal seal of Lorenzo Roverella, Bishop of Ferrara from 1460 to 1474.

Physical description

St. George on a horse spearing the dragon, Princess Sabra watching. Background of Gothic tracery. In the exergue a triple arcade with a kneeling bishop between two shields of arms. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (north, made)

Date

1475-1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Enzola, Giovanni Francisco da Parma (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'S . DNI . LAVRENTII . ROVERELLE . D . GRACIA . EPISCOPI . FERRAIE'
in the exergue

Dimensions

Height: 8.6 cm, Width: 5.5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Historical significance: The image derives from the impression of the episcopal seal of Lorenzo Roverella, Bishop of Ferrara (1460-74).

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Saint George and the dragon, probably by Giovanni Francesco Enzola, North Italy, ca. 1475-1500

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 72
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 46
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 81, pl. 128

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Bishop; Princess; Arcade; Dragon

Categories

Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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