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Plaquette - Mars and Victory

Mars and Victory

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

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

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moderno (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depcits Mars and Victory and is made by Moderno.
Moderno (Galeazzo Mondella) (1467-1528) is the pseudonym of this 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. His earliest works may date around 1485-1490, and his earliest dated work is 1490. Moderno specialised in small bronze plaquettes exploring religious or antique themes, and catered for a clientele of learned humanists.

Physical description

Victory is winged and naked, carrying a palm with a thin scarf flattering around her wrist. Mars, wearing a helmet and buskins and carrying a trophy of armour on a spear, running beside her holding her arm.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)


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


Moderno (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 7.3 cm, Width: 5.7 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Mars andn Venus, by Moderno, North Italy, early 15th to late 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. 68
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 33
Pope-Hennessy, John. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Reliefs - Plaquettes - Statuettes - Utensils and Mortars . London: 1965, p. 49, no 159, fig 162



Subjects depicted

Trophy; Palm


Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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