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Medal - Martin Luther

Martin Luther

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1533 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    345-1905

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal showing the bust of Martin Luther is made by an unknown artist in about 1533 in Germany.

This monogrammist has been variously identified with Hieronymus Magdeburger and Michael Hohenauer. Although Hohenauer is more likely, the identity of this medallist remains uncertain. He possibly worked at the Joachimsthal Mint.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse: bust to the left wearing cap and gown
'OS x ET x SAPIECIA x DABO x VOBIS x CVI x NO x POTERT x COTDICERE x Z C xxx'
to left of the head: MA./ECS. To right: LUT./WIT.
Above head: xLVxZIx
on the reverse: Luther's emblem, a heart charged with a cross on a cinquefoil rose. 'x I[N] x SILENCIO x ET x SPE x ERIT x FORTITVDO x VESTRA x ESA x 30'

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1533 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

'OS x ET x SAPIECIA x DABO x VOBIS x CVI x NO x POTERT x COTDICERE x Z C xxx'
I will give you speech and wisdom which cannot be denied
Latin. The text is from the Gospel According to St Luke, chapter 21, verse 15. It runs around the obverse border of the medal.

'MA. /ECS. LUT. WIT. / xLVxZIx'
Martin Luther churchman of Wittenberg
Obverse, around the head

'x I[N] x SILENCIO x ET x SPE x ERIT x FORTITVDO x VESTRA x ESA x 30'
In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30
Latin; Reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 42.5 mm, Weight: 15.8 g

Object history note

Bought in 1905 for £7 9s 5d from Herr Adolph Hess.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, Martin Luther, by the same unidentified monogrammist as the related records, probably a Mint-master in Saxony, Germany, about 1533

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990. 128p., ill. ISBN 1851770135.
List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1905, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 73
Habich, G. catalog II, I , p. 272, no. 1895, pl. CCI, 4.

Production Note

By the same unidentified monogrammist as the related records, probably a Mint-master in Saxony. This monogrammist has been variously identified with Hieronymus Magdeburger and Michael Hohenauer. Although Hohenauer is more likely, the identity of this medallist remains uncertain. He possibly worked at the Joachimsthal Mint. (Habich, II, 1, p.272.Habich, G. 'Die Deutschen Medailleure des XVI. Jahrhunderts' Munich, 1929-34.)

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Rose (flower); Crosses (motifs); Bust; Heart

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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