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Medal
  • Medal
    Jonghelinck, Jacques de, born 1530 - died 1606
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Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (made)

  • Date:

    1565 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jonghelinck, Jacques de, born 1530 - died 1606 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    6756-1860

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silver medal is made by Jacques de Jonghelinck, in Antwerp in 1565.

It depicts on the obverse the bust of Antonius van Straelen and on the reverse a nude female figure, representing Fortune, sailing over waves standing in a floating shell whilst holding the sail.

Antonius van Straelen, Lord of Merxen and Dambrugge, Burgomaster of Antwerp (1521-1568) was one of the victims of the Council of Blood. He was accused of being in favour of preachers of the Augsburg Confession and sentenced to death by the Duke of Alba.

This is supposed to be the perhaps most successful effort attributed to Jonghelinck. The portrait is refined and delicately rendered; the figure of Fortune sailing over waves is graceful and beautifully modelled.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust of Antonius de Straele surrounded by inscription.
On the reverse a nude female figure, representing Fortune, sailing over waves standing in a floating shell whilst holding the sail

Place of Origin

Antwerp (made)

Date

1565 (dated)

Artist/maker

Jonghelinck, Jacques de, born 1530 - died 1606 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

ANTONII 'A' STRAELE ' DUS: ' DE ' MERKEM ' ET ' DAMBRUGGE.
on the obverse

VIRTUTE ET ' CONSTANTIA
on the reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.23 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Perhaps the most successful effort attributed to Jonghelinck. The portrait is refined and delicately rendered; the figure of Fortune sailing over waves is graceful and beautifully modelled.

Historical context note

Antonius van Straelen, Lord of Merxen and Dambrugge, Burgomaster of Antwerp (1521-1568) was one of the victims of the Council of Blood. He was accused of being in favour of preachers of the Augsburg Confession and sentenced to death by the Duke of Alba.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, Antonius van Straelen, by Jacques Jonghelinck, Flemish (Antwerp), dated 1565

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1860. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 25
Smolderen, Luc. Jacques Jonghelinck: sculpteur, médailleur et graveur de sceaux (1530 - 1606) . Louvain-la-Neuve : Département d'Archéologie et d'Histoire de l'Art, Séminaire de Numismatique Marcel Hoc, 1996, pp. 264-266
Hill, George Francis. Medals of the Renaissance in the British Museum, 1923, p. 64

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Sea; Waves; Shell; Sail; Nude female figure

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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