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Plaquette - The Genius of Music

The Genius of Music

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Museum number:

    126-1906

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette entitled the 'Genius of Music' is a modern surmoulage from an Italian original of the early 16th century. It is made by an unknown artist.

It depicts a naked man resting his right arm on the branch of a tree, to which are hung various musical instruments.

Plaquettes are small plaques made of bronze, brass, lead or precious metals. They originated in the 1440ies 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.

Physical description

A naked man resting his right arm on the branch of a tree, to which are hung various musical instruments; with his left hand to the arm of which a floating drapery is attached, he empties a horn over a flaming anvil.

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze

Dimensions

Height: 11.3 cm, Width: 7.1 cm

Object history note

This Plaquette is a modern surmoulage from an Italian original of the early 16th century.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, cast bronze, The Genius of Music, modern copy of a 16th century Italian original, ca. 1900

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. 19

Production Note

A modern surmoulage from an Italian original of the early 16th century

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Musical instrument; Drapery; Man; Tree

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Metalwork; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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