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Medal - Ferdinand I and Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperors
  • Ferdinand I and Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperors
    Deschler, Joachim
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Ferdinand I and Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperors

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Deschler, Joachim (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass; Copper 85.3%, zinc 11.5%, tin 0.9%. Lead, nickel and iron also present.

  • Museum number:

    119-1867

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a brass medal made by Joachim Deschler in 1550. The obverse of the medal represents the bust of Ferdinand I and the reverse shows the bust of Maximilian II, both wearing the Orders of the Golden Fleece.
Joachim Deschler (active 1532; d. ca. 1571), was a German sculptor, architect and medallist first based in Nuremberg. In 1547 he made a two-year study journey to Venice and Rome, from which he brought back numerous drawings and works of art. From the end of the 1550s Deschler lived in Vienna, where he was court sculptor for Maximilian. Deschler had an enormous output of medal art: 115 pieces are ascribed to him, and also several stone models.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1550 (made)

Artist/maker

Deschler, Joachim (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Brass; Copper 85.3%, zinc 11.5%, tin 0.9%. Lead, nickel and iron also present.

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.05 cm, Weight: 24.6 g

Object history note

Provenance: Tross. 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, brass, Ferdinand I and Maximilian II Holy Roman Emperors, by Joachim Deschler, Germany, dated 1550

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 33
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. 18

Materials

Brass

Subjects depicted

Emperor; Armour; Order of the golden fleece; Bust

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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