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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court

Augustus Caesar

Plaster Cast
1521 (sculpted), 1905 (cast)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a cast of one of a series of gilded and painted terracotta roundels with portraits of emperors made for Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530). The terracotta was produced the Florentine artist Giovanni da Maiano, who had come over to work in Britain in the 16th century. The plaster cast is one of several commissioned by the Museum relatively late in the formation of the cast collection, after it had been recommended at a Museum meeting in 1904. The cast cost £15, and in addition £4 10s. was paid for scaffolding to be erected at Hampton Court.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plaster cast
Brief Description
Plaster cast after the terracotta original (Roundel with the head of Augustus Caesar within a border of Military Trophies), Florence, 1521, cast by Lorenzo Giuntini, ca. 1905
Physical Description
Plaster cast after the terracotta original (Roundel with the head of Augustus Caesar within a border of Military Trophies), formerly coloured and gilded by Giovanni Da Maiano, in the Clock Court, Hampton Court Palace.

44kg.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 107cm
Object history
Purchased from Lorenzo Giuntini in 1905 for £5
Historical context
This is one of a series of roundels containing portraits of emperors made for Cardinal Wolsey (1470/1-1530) which have been connected with a demand for arrears of payment, dated 18 June, 1521, addressed by Giovanni da Maiano to the Cardinal for "octo rotundas imagines exterra depictas et deauratas pro pretio libarum duarum solidorum vj.et denarium octo quamlibet earum...." (for eight round images of terracotta painted and gilded at £2 6s 8d each) executed for "Anon Cort" (Hampton Court).
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is a cast of one of a series of gilded and painted terracotta roundels with portraits of emperors made for Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530). The terracotta was produced the Florentine artist Giovanni da Maiano, who had come over to work in Britain in the 16th century. The plaster cast is one of several commissioned by the Museum relatively late in the formation of the cast collection, after it had been recommended at a Museum meeting in 1904. The cast cost £15, and in addition £4 10s. was paid for scaffolding to be erected at Hampton Court.
Collection
Accession Number
REPRO.1905-3

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record createdJune 22, 2000
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