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Medal - Georg, Duke of Saxony

Georg, Duke of Saxony

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1537 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass; Copper 87.8%, zinc 8.7%, tin 0.8%. Lead, nickel and iron also present.

  • Museum number:

    121-1867

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a brass medal made by Christoph Weiditz in around 1537. The medal has an obverse only which represents Georg, Duke of Saxony facing right, bearded and bare-headed, wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Weiditz (c. 1500 – 1559) was a medallist, sculptor and goldsmith, active in Strasbourg and South Germany. He travelled to Spain in 1529 in the retinue of Emperor Charles V, and again formed part of the Imperial Court’s visit to the Rhineland and the Netherlands in 1530-1. He probably went to Saxony in 1537 and 1539, and may have additionally journeyed to England. His work as a portrait medallist is characterized by a naturalistic style; he also practised as a small-scale sculptor.

Physical description

Obverse only: Bust of George Duke of Saxony facing right, bearded and bare-headed, wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece. Wreathed border.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1537 (made)

Artist/maker

Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Brass; Copper 87.8%, zinc 8.7%, tin 0.8%. Lead, nickel and iron also present.

Marks and inscriptions

'*SEMPER.LAVS.EIVS.IN.ORE - MEO AN.AET.LXV'

'Constant praise of him in my speech. At the age of 65'
Latin

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.8 cm, Weight: 12.6 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, brass, Georg Duke of Saxony, by Christoph Weiditz, Germany, ca. 1537

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. 120
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. 18

Materials

Brass

Subjects depicted

Wreath; Bust; Order of the golden fleece

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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