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Medal - Augustin Hirschvogel of Nuremberg

Augustin Hirschvogel of Nuremberg

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1543 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass

  • Museum number:

    140-1867

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a brass medal made by Matthes Gebel in Germany in 1543. This medal is a rare example of a signed work by Gebel. The obverse of this medal represents the bust of Augustin Hirschvogel facing right, bearded and bare-headed. The reverse shows a globe, with inscription in mirror writing.

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.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1543 (made)

Artist/maker

Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Brass

Dimensions

Diameter: 3 cm, Weight: 12.3 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, brass, Augustin Hirschvogel of Nuremberg, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, 1543

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. 53
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

Materials

Brass

Subjects depicted

Globes (cartographic spheres); Bust

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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