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Hans Welser of Augsburg and his wife Barbara

Medal
1536 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a brass medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany in 1536. It is precisely dated to the month of January 1536 in the Latin inscription. The medal represents Hans Welser and his wife Barbara Welser. The naturalistic portrait on this medal is typical of Gebel's work.
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 Dürer in an advanced age for future generations.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brass; Copper 85.4%, zinc 11.6%, tin 0.7%. Nickel was also present.
Brief Description
Medal, brass, Hans Welser of Augsburg and his wife Barbara, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, dated 1536
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 4.1cm
  • Weight: 36.3g
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is a brass medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany in 1536. It is precisely dated to the month of January 1536 in the Latin inscription. The medal represents Hans Welser and his wife Barbara Welser. The naturalistic portrait on this medal is typical of Gebel's work.

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 Dürer in an advanced age for future generations.
Bibliographic References
  • Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 49
  • 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. 19
  • Mauè, H. [Review] German Renaissance Medals. The Medal. Spring, 1991, no. 18, p. 105
Collection
Accession Number
133-1867

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