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Medal - St Jerome

St Jerome

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1530-1546 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flötner, Peter, born 1485 - died 1546 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal ascribed to Peter Flötner in Nuremberg in about 1530-1546. The medal has only a reverse representing Saint Jerome writing at a table.

Flötner (ca. 1485-1546) was a sculptor, medallist, cabinetmaker, woodcutter and designer. He worked initially in Augsburg from around 1512 to 1516 before moving to Nuremberg where he became a citizen in 1522. Changes in Flötner's style after around 1530 suggest he may have travelled to Italy. His workshop catered for bell-founders, goldsmiths, pewterers and medallists supplying them with plaques made of lead, tin, bronze and solnhofen limestone. They were used like pattern books. The plaques were arranged in lines and a clay or plaster mould was made from them. In these moulds wax models were cast which were then applied to the outside of the wax models of bells, mortars and tankards before they were cast in metal.

Physical description

Reverse only, seated figure of St. Jerome writing at a table.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)


ca. 1530-1546 (made)


Flötner, Peter, born 1485 - died 1546 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 3.49 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Tross Collection. 140 medals and reliefs were purchased from M. Henri Tross of Paris for £500 by J.C. Robinson for the Museum in 1867.

Descriptive line

Medal, lead, St Jerome, ascribed to Peter Flötner, German (Nuremberg), ca. 1530-1546

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 21




Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Religion; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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