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Susanna, wife of Otto Heinrich Count Palatine

Medal
1530 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a bronze medal made by Matthes Gebel, and dated 1530. The medal represents Susanna, wife of Otto Heinrich Count Palatine. The obverse and reverse of this medal appear respectively in combination with the bust of Otto Heinrich, Susanna's husband. (inv. 130-1867).
Gebel (ca. 1500-1574) who lived in Nuremberg was considered the most important medallist of his time. Also today he is considered as the most prolific medallist in Nuremberg of the Renaissance period. Habich ascribes 350 medals to him. They are almost all two-sided and thinly cast in silver, lead or bronze. He was friend of Albrecht Dürer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Dürer with short hair. This medal portrait should become the definite portrait of Dürer in an advanced age for future generations.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bronze; Copper 84.8%, zinc 12%, tin 0.%. Lead and nickel also present.
Brief Description
Medal, bronze, Susanna, wife of Otto Heinrich Count Palatine, Germany, dated 1530
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 2.1cm
  • Weight: 4.3g
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is a bronze medal made by Matthes Gebel, and dated 1530. The medal represents Susanna, wife of Otto Heinrich Count Palatine. The obverse and reverse of this medal appear respectively in combination with the bust of Otto Heinrich, Susanna's husband. (inv. 130-1867).

Gebel (ca. 1500-1574) who lived in Nuremberg was considered the most important medallist of his time. Also today he is considered as the most prolific medallist in Nuremberg of the Renaissance period. Habich ascribes 350 medals to him. They are almost all two-sided and thinly cast in silver, lead or bronze. He was friend of Albrecht Dürer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Dürer with short hair. This medal portrait should become the definite portrait of Dürer in an advanced age for future generations.
Bibliographic References
  • Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 45
  • 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
Collection
Accession Number
122-1867

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record createdFebruary 25, 2004
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