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Charles Le Brun

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1676 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chéron, Charles-Jean-François, born 1635 - died 1698 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast and chased

  • Museum number:

    A.39-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Little is known of the biography of the medallist Charles-Jean-François Cheron (1635-1698). He went to Rome in 1655 and was employed by artists connected with the Papal Mint. He produced good, cast medals of Pope Clement IX and X, and struck ones of Christina of Sweden, then in exile in Rome, and King Louis XIV (1672). He was summoned to Paris by Louis XIV in 1675 and enrolled in the Academy in the following year, his 'morceaux de reception' being portrait medals of Charles Le Brun and others. In the history of the Baroque medal, Cheron occupies a place of honour between Gaspare Mola and Massimiliano Soldani.

Physical description

Obverse: Bust length profile portrait of Charles le Brun, bareheaded, facing to right. Inscription.
Reverse: A standing female figure represents Art the Mother of Drawing, the flame of intellect burns above her head. She is surrounded by various symbols of the Arts and Crafts - painting, sculpture, architecture, metalwork and textiles. Inscription.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1676 (made)

Artist/maker

Chéron, Charles-Jean-François, born 1635 - died 1698 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast and chased

Marks and inscriptions

'CAR . LE . BRVN . EQ . Ivs . REGIS PICTOR . ACAD . CANCEL' [and] 'F. CHERON'
'Painter to the King, President of the Academy'
obverse

'ARTIVM . MATER . DIAGRAPHE'
'Drawing the Mother of Arts'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 7 cm

Object history note

Purchased with assistance from the Hildburgh Bequest, for £160, in 1975, from R G Coats Esq, Russell Road, London.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Charles Le Brun, by Charles-Jean-François Cheron, French, 1676

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

Jacquiot, j. et al., La Médailles au temps de Louis XIV, Paris, 1970, exhibition catalogue, pp. 119-136
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I (revised), London, 1904, p. 420

Production Note

Franco-Roman

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Female figure

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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