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Plaquette - A battle of horsemen

A battle of horsemen

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    second half of the 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    di Giovanni, Bertoldo (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 9, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Gallery, case 25

Plaquettes are small plaques or reliefs 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

Plaquette depicts a confused battle of warriors on horseback with lances and banners; on the ground are two fallen horses and a dismounted man.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


second half of the 15th century (made)


di Giovanni, Bertoldo (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 6.3 cm, Width: 10.2 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, lead, a battle of horsemen, in the style of Bertoldo, Italy (Florence), second half of the 15th 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. 63
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 19
Pope-Hennessy, John. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Reliefs - Plaquettes - Statuettes - Utensils and Mortars . London: 1965, pp. 103-104, no 374, fig 319
Draper, Janus David. Bertoldo di Giovanni - Sculptor of the Medici Household. Columbia, 1992, pp. 133-145, 216, 217, 225



Subjects depicted

Horsemen; Horses; Battle


Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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