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Medal - Christoph Tetzel of Nuremberg

Christoph Tetzel of Nuremberg

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1528 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead

  • Museum number:

    98-1867

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany, dated 1528. The obverse of this medal represents the bust to the right of Christopher Tetzel, partrician of Nürnberg, with a short beard, bare-headed, wearing a chain. The reverse whows the coat of arms with helmet, mantling and crest.

Gebel (ca. 1500-1574) 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 Dürer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Dürer 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

1528 (made)

Artist/maker

Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lead

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.75 cm, Weight: 9.6 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, lead, Christoph Tetzel of Nuremberg, by Mattes Gebel, Germany, dated 1528

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. 41
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. 16

Materials

Lead

Subjects depicted

Bust; Coat of arms

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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