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VRA Core 4 Example 10: Two-sided medal
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Work record [refid 21]
agent unknown (Bohemian goldsmith)
culturalContext Bohemian
date early 1600's (creation)
description Since antiquity, rulers have minted coins and medals to celebrate their power and dominion. On this gold medal from the early 1600s, the Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II wears a laurel wreath, a sign of victory and peace, and the chain and pendant of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The emperor's elegant three-quarter pose and the subtle differentiation of textures on the medal demonstrate the high quality of the casting.
J. Paul Getty Museum [website]; (accessed 5/28/2009) [description source]
inscription On obverse: RUDOLPHUS II ROM IMP AUG REX HUNG BOE [Rudolf the Supreme Emperor of the Romans, King of Hungary and Bohemia]. On reverse: ASTRUM FULGET CAES [The Emperor's star shines brightly].
location J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, United States) 92.NJ.87 [repository]
Prague, Stredoceský, Czech Republic [creation]
Gift of Cyril Humphris [location note]
material gold
measurements 1 13/16 in (height) x 1 5/16 in (width)
source Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)
stylePeriod Early Baroque; Seventeenth century
subject decorative arts; portraits; rulers and leaders; Habsburg, House of; numismatics; Order of the Golden Fleece; Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1552-1612; Zodiac; Bohemia (Kingdom)
technique casting (process); metalworking
title Medal of Emperor Rudolf II [repository, true, en]
worktype medals
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Example 10: Medal of Emperor Rudolf II: Overall view, front (obverse)
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Overall view, front (obverse)
Example 10: Medal of Emperor Rudolf II: Overall view, back (reverse)
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Overall view, back (reverse)
Last modified October 29, 2014