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Medal - Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1528 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany in about 1528. The medal is a trimmed version of 201-1866 without the reverse. The obverse of the present medal represents Albrecht Dürer facing right, bearded and bare-headed. This medal is rectangular with rounded upper corners.

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 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.

Duerer (1471-1528) was a German painter, draughtsman, printmaker and writer. Now considered by many scholars the greatest of all German artists, he not only executed paintings and drawings of the highest quality but also made a major contribution to the development of printmaking, especially engraving, and to the study of anthropometry.

Physical description

Obv. only, Albrecht Dürer facing right, bearded and bare-headed.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1528 (made)


Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 3.1 cm, Width: 24 mm, Weight: 10.8 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, Albrecht Dürer, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, ca. 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, pp. 42-43
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



Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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