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Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, and his wife Anna

Medal
ca. 1536 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The medal depicts on the obverse the busts of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Germany and of his consort Anna of Hungary, both facing to the right. The emperor is in armour and his wife is wearing gathered dress; both are crowned and wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Ludwig Neufahrer was a medallist, goldsmith and diecutter, active in Austria, Germany and Bohemia. He was almost certainly trained in South Germany, later lived in Augsburg, Nuremberg and Linz, until he resided in Vienna in 1548. Probszt listed 111 medals by Neufahrer with portraits of royalty and members of the nobility, as well as leading citizens of the imperial cities of Augsburg and Nuremberg; there are also 10 medals with scenes from Classical mythology and the Bible. Neufahrer is regarded as the most important medallist working in Austria in his day.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Struck silver
Brief Description
Medal, silver, Ferdinand I Holy Roman Emperor and his wife Anna, attributed to Ludwig Neufahrer, Germany about 1536
Physical Description
Medal depicts on the obverse the busts of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Germany to the right and of his consort Anna of Hungary. The emperor in armour, his wife wearing gathered dress; both crowned and wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece.

On the reverse the inscription '.FERDI = / NANDVS.ET. / ANNA.ROM.HV = / NG.BOHE.REX. / E REGINA.ARCHI / D.AVST.DVC: / BVRG.ZC' in seven lines within foliated borders.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 30mm
  • Weight: 12.9g
Marks and Inscriptions
'.FERDI = / NANDVS.ET. / ANNA.ROM.HV = / NG.BOHE.REX. / E REGINA.ARCHI / D.AVST.DVC: / BVRG.ZC' (reverse, Latin)
Object history
Bought in 1907 from Spink & Son for £8 10s.
Subjects depicted
Summary
The medal depicts on the obverse the busts of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Germany and of his consort Anna of Hungary, both facing to the right. The emperor is in armour and his wife is wearing gathered dress; both are crowned and wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece.



Ludwig Neufahrer was a medallist, goldsmith and diecutter, active in Austria, Germany and Bohemia. He was almost certainly trained in South Germany, later lived in Augsburg, Nuremberg and Linz, until he resided in Vienna in 1548. Probszt listed 111 medals by Neufahrer with portraits of royalty and members of the nobility, as well as leading citizens of the imperial cities of Augsburg and Nuremberg; there are also 10 medals with scenes from Classical mythology and the Bible. Neufahrer is regarded as the most important medallist working in Austria in his day.
Bibliographic References
  • Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals, A Catalogue of the Colelction in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London, 1990, p. 83
  • 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 1907, 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. 134
Collection
Accession Number
776-1907

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record createdMarch 1, 2004
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