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Medal - Albrecht Scheurl of Nuremberg

Albrecht Scheurl of Nuremberg

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1527 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    4570-1857

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silver medal is made by Matthes Gebel in 1527 in Nuremberg, Germany.

It depicts Albrecht Scheurl of Nuremberg (1482-1531), who was a silver assayer and mint warden at Annaberg in Saxony. Duerer was a friend of his, and became a godfather to his eldest son. Scheurl was kidnapped and subsequently murdered by the robber baron Hans Thomas von Absberg.

Gebel who lived in Nuremberg was considered the most important medallist of his time.
Also today he is considered as the most prolific medallist in Nuremberg of the Renaissance period.
Habich ascribes 350 medals to him. They are almost all two-sided and thinly cast in silver, lead or bronze.

He was friend of Albrecht Duerer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Duerer with short hair. This medal portrait should become the definite portrait of Duerer in an advanced age for future generations.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1527 (made)

Artist/maker

Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

' . ALBRECHT . SCHEVERL . GE . IM . M-CCCC . LXXXII . IAR . AM . XXVII . NOVEMB'
Albrecht Scheurl born on the 27 November 1482
Obverse

'HERR . GOT . DVRCHRISTVM . ERBARM . DICH . VNSER.M.D.XXVII'
Lord God have mercy on us through Christ. 1527
German; Reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 40 mm, Weight: 18.1 g

Object history note

Bought in 1857 for £10.

Descriptive line

Albrecht Scheurl of Nuremberg, silver medal by Matthes Gebel, Germany dated 1527

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990. 128p., ill. ISBN 1851770135.
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1857. 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. 24.
Habich, catalog, I, 2, p. 141, no. 961, pl. CXVII, 5.
Salton, M.M. 'Review of German Renaissance Medals', In: Burlington Magazine, CXXXIII, May, 1991, p. 321

Subjects depicted

Caul (headgear); Bust; Coat of arms

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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