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Medal - Bartholomaeus Haller von Hallerstein of Nuremberg
  • Bartholomaeus Haller von Hallerstein of Nuremberg
    Gebel, Matthes
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Bartholomaeus Haller von Hallerstein of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1537 (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 1537. The medal has an obverse only which represents the bust of Bartholomaeus Haller von Hallerstein facing right, bearded, and wearing a caul, and armour. Some copies of this medal were mounted on book covers. The poor condition of this medal may indicate that it was once mounted on a book cover.
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.

Physical description

Obv. only, the bust of Bartholomaeus Haller von Hallerstein facing right, bearded, and wearing a caul, and armour.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1537 (made)


Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'His age 51 in the year of our Lord 1537'
German and Latin; Obverse


Diameter: 3.2 cm, Weight: 6.5 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, Bartolomaeus Haller von Hallerstein of Nuremberg, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, 1537

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. 50
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. 21
Trusted, Majorie. ed. The Making of Sculpture: the Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: V&A Publications, 2007. p. 84. pl. 134.
Maué, H. Review of German Renaissance Medals. The Medal. Spring, 1991, no. 18, p. 105, figs. 1, 2



Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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