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Medal - Antoine Perrenot

Antoine Perrenot

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    second half of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Melon, Giovanni V. (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.278-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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, excavated all over Italy and 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 the right of Perrenot, bearded, in a cardinal's cape. Inscription. On the reverse a ship (of Aeneas) sailing to the left in a storm. On board, armed men and sailors. Above to right and left, heads of winds. The bowsprit is broken and the foremast just going by the board. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

second half of 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Melon, Giovanni V. (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'ANT . S . R . E . PBR . CARD . GRANVELANVS / IO . V . MELON'
obverse

'DVRATE'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.2 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Antoine Perrenot, by Giovanni V. Melon, Italy, second half of 16th century

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. 38

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Ship

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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