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Medal - Julia
  • Julia
    Antico Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi
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Julia

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

    1500-1502 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Antico Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.210-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts the beauty Giulia and is made by Antico, or in full called Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi.
The sitter of the medal is unidentified, although it was once thought to be the famed beauty Giulia Gonzaga Colonna.
Antico based this particular reverse scene on the narrative reliefs found on classical sarcophagi. Various features make this the master's finest medal and indicate that it is his last.. This is the most classical in mood due to the sitter's stoic expression. With this medal Antico reached a true maturity.
Antico was an Italian sculptor and goldsmith. He was nick-named Antico, because in his work he related heavily to Antiquity. He re-created small scale statuettes of famous antique examples. He was active at the Gonzaga court at Mantua and made many bronzes for the court, notably for Ludovico, Bishop of Mantua and Isabella d’Este, wife of Francesco II Gonzaga, 4th Marchese of Mantua. He was also a restorer of antique statues and an adviser to art collectors.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the right of a young woman, wearing a necklace, and a garland about her head. Inscription. On the reverse is a battle of Greeks and Amazons. below a trophy of arms. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)

Date

1500-1502 (made)

Artist/maker

Antico Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'DIVA . I . IVLIA . PRIMVM . FELIX'
'The divine Giulia happy for the first time'
obverse

'DVBIA . FORTVA'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Historical significance: Antico based this particular reverse scene on the narrative reliefs found on classical sarcophagi. Various features make this the master's finest medal and indicate that it is his last. This is the most classical in mood due to the sitter's stoic expression. With this medal Antico reached a true maturity

Historical context note

The sitter of the medal is unidentified, although it was once thought to be the famed beauty Giulia Gonzaga Colonna.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Giulia, by Antico (Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi), North Italy, ca. 1500-02

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

Scher, Stephen, K., ed. The Currency of Fame - Portrait Medals of the Renaissance. Catalogue of the exhibition held at National Gallery, Washington; Frick Collection, New York; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. New York: 1994, pp.17-8, cat.no. 17a
Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, no. 214
Allison, Ann Hersey. The Bronzes of Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi called Antico, Vienna, 1994, pp. 45, 86-7
'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. 26

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Battle

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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