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Louis XIII, King of France

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1624 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dupré, Guillaume (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.360-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 81, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case 1

This medal depicts Louis XIII, King of France (1601-1643), who became King in 1610.
Cast in bronze or lead, the Renaissance portrait medal commemorated individuals or events. They were used as gifts and mementoes and were inspired by Roman coins, with their portraits of rulers and allegorical representations on the reverse, eagerly collected by humanists. Many specialist sculptors were attracted to the art form. It was recognised that there was a ready market for medals among the growing class of collectors, usually members of the intelligensia or the gentry, who were attracted to small-scale works of art. The medal format proved ideal for this type of personal and intimate object.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to right of Louis XIII, in armour, wearing a ruff and a scarf, and covered with laurel. Inscription.
On the reverse a ship sailing away to the right. Inscription.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1624 (dated)

Artist/maker

Dupré, Guillaume (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'LVDOVICVS . XIII . D .. G . FRANCORVM ET NAVARÆ . REX - OB . AQVAS DEDVCTAS - 1624'
obverse

'ABSQVE TVIS STARET INANIS AQVIS'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.8 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Louis XIII, King of France, by Guillaume Dupré, France, dated 1624

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. 54

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Ship

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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