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Plaquette
  • Plaquette
    Gosen, Theodor von, born 1873 - died 1943
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Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gosen, Theodor von, born 1873 - died 1943 (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.128-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette, one of four plaquettes (127 to 130-1920) representing the riders of the Apocalypse, was made by Theodor von Gosen in Germany, 1914. The Apocalypse was already a subject widespread in European art in about 1900, and was common in German expressionist art by 1914. One of the sources here is probably Dürer's engraving of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The form of the inscription of the reverse is based on those seen on German Renaissance medals. The rider in this plaquette represents the scourages of human kind: war, death, famine, and destruction.

Physical description

Obv., a warrior on horseback, holding a burning torch in his right hand, and an unsheathed sword in his left. The background below depicts a battle in front of a burning city. Rev., a legend.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1914 (made)

Artist/maker

Gosen, Theodor von, born 1873 - died 1943 (medallists)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

"MCMXIV," "TG"
obv.

"UND/HERAUS GING/EIN ANDER PFERD/DAS WAR ROT/UND DEM DER DRAUF SASS/WAWR GEGEBEN DAS ER/DEN FRIEDEN VON DER/ERDE NEHME UND/SIE SICH UNTEREINANDER ERWÜGETEN/UND IHM/WARD GEGEBEN/EIN GROSS/SCHWERT."
"And a second horse came out, fiery red whose rider was empowered to take away all peace from the world, bidding men slay one another, and a great sword was given to him. (Apocalypse, VI, 4 5)"
rev.

Dimensions

Diameter: 97 mm

Descriptive line

Palquette, second horseman of Apocalypse/inscrp; Bronze German 1914. T.Gosen.

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

3
Cullen, Lucy, Fisher, Wendy and Jopek, Norbert, 'One by One': European Commemorative Medals for the Great War 1914-1918, London : Victoria & Albert Museum, 1998

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Sword; Battle; Torch; City; Horse; Warrior

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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