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Medal - Leonhard Danner of Nuremberg

Leonhard Danner of Nuremberg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1561 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Monogrammist MS (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made by the Monogrammist MS in Germany, dated 1561. The medal has an obverse only which represents the bust of Leonhard Danner of Nuremberg.

The medals by this monogrammist date from 1556 to 1572, and suggest he was active in Nuremberg. Habich also noted a sword-cane of 1543, and a gamesboard made for Otto Heinrich Count Palastine of 1549 in Neuburg an der Donau signed MS. In addition he grouped three Augsburg medals under this artist, as they resemble the signed medals. He believed they were linked stylistically to the work of Joachim Deschler. The models for these medals are stone. The pupils of the eyes of the subjects are clearly defined, a characteristic of this medallist.

Physical description

Obv. only, bust of Leonhard Danner facing almost front, bearded and wearing a low flat cap. Wreathed border.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1561 (made)


Monogrammist MS (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions


'M S .M S.'
Signature; Obverse, on the truncation


Diameter: 3.4 cm, 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, Leonhard Danner of Nuermberg, by the Monogrammist MS, Germany, dated 1561

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. 80
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. 17



Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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