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Medal - Johann Friedrich I, Duke of Saxony
  • Johann Friedrich I, Duke of Saxony
    Reinhart, Hans the Elder
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Johann Friedrich I, Duke of Saxony

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1535 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reinhart, Hans the Elder (maker)
    Cranach, Lucas the elder I, born 1472 - died 1553 (woodcutter)

  • Materials and Techniques:


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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a silver medal made by Hans Reinhart (the elder) in Germany, 1535. The medal represents Johann Friedrich I, the Duke of Saxony. The portrait of Johann Friedrich of Saxony is based on the woodcut by Lucas Cranach the Elder, dated 1533, now in the Landesmuseum Gotha.
Hans Reinhart the Elder (ca. 1500/10 – 1581) was a German goldsmith and medallist worked for the Court of Saxony in Dresden.
Reinhart’s medals, mainly produced between 1535 and 1545, were marked with his initials hr.
It is worth mentioning that he cast his medals from wooden models and not, as was usual in goldsmith work from stone models.
His work as medallist is not extensive, Habich lists fewer than 50 medals.

Physical description

Suspension ring.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1535 (made)


Reinhart, Hans the Elder (maker)
Cranach, Lucas the elder I, born 1472 - died 1553 (woodcutter)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 6.4 cm, Weight: 66.6 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, silver, bust of Johann Friedrich I Duke of Saxony, by Hans Reinhart the Elder, Germany (Leipzig), dated 1535

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. 90
Scher, Stephen K, The Currency of fame: portrait medals of the Renaissance, New York, National Gallery of Art (U.S.), Frick Collection., 1994
Chipps Smith, Jeffrey, 'Hans Reinhart: Religion and Politics in Saxony, c.1535-45', The Medal, 56, Spring 2010, pp. 26-36, (ill. p. 27 fig. 4)
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1867. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 15




Coins & Medals; Royalty; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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