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Medallion plaque - Arion Captured by Pirates

Arion Captured by Pirates

  • Object:

    Medallion plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century to early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moderno (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    1078-1855

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medallion plaque depicting Arion captured by pirates is attributed to Moderno, made in Italy in the late 15th to early 16th century.

Moderno is the pseudonym of a goldsmith and medallist active in North Italy and later in Rome. He signed certain pieces of his work with OPUS MODERNI (opus is the Latin term for 'work' - which then means 'work of the modern'). The modern here is referring to the Ancient World, in contrary to the Naturalism of the Gothic. He was active in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. His earliest works may date around 1485-1490, and his earliest dated work is 1490.
There are many different suggestions in literature to whom OPUS MODERNI may refer, and there has never been a clear answer to it.

Physical description

Arion naked except for a small shoulder mantle stands between two armed men, who bind his arms behind him. In the background to the right is a ship, and in the foreground a viol. Flat moulded rim. Dark brown patina.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

late 15th century to early 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Moderno (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

Arion naked except for a small shoulder mantle stands between two armed men, who bind his arms behind him. In the background to the right is a ship, and in the foreground a viol. Flat moulded rim. Dark brown patina.

Dimensions

Diameter: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

Medallion Plaque. Bronze. Attributed to Moderno, Italy, 15th century.

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1855. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 75
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 33

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Medallion; Viol; Pirates; Ship; Men

Categories

Metalwork; Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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