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Medallion with the Emperor Augustus's Vision of the Virgin and Child
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Medallion with the Emperor Augustus's Vision of the Virgin and Child


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Description According to legend, the Roman emperor Augustus asked a prophetess if there was anyone greater than himself. It was the day of Christ's birth, and the answer came to the emperor in a vision: a golden circle around the sun, in the middle of which was a beautiful virgin and a child. One side of the pendant shows Augustus and the other, the Virgin and Child. The sophisticated style, superb workmanship, and imagery connect this piece to the Parisian workshop of Jean and Paul de Limbourg from Guelders (in the northern Netherlands), who created some of the finest International Gothic manuscript paintings. They initially trained as goldsmiths and their younger brother Arnold (of whom no works are known) was a goldsmith in Guelders. The enamelist who created this masterpiece and a few related works was an accomplished painter as well as a goldsmith.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/22/1962Examinationexamined for loan
3/11/1992Treatmentcleaned
3/11/1992Loan Considerationexamined for loan
10/30/1996Treatmentcleaned
7/29/2003Loan Considerationexamined for loan
10/07/2004Examinationexamined for condition
3/22/2006Technical Reportexamined for technical study
3/01/2007Treatmentre-housed
1/12/2010Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
  • I, Claudius: Art in the Age of Julio-Claudians. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Schatzkammerstücke aus der Herbstzeit des Mittelalters: Das Regensburger Emailkästchen und sein Umkreis. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich. 1992.
  • Russian Enamels. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • Art from the Court of Burgundy, 1364-1419. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Dijon; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 2004-2005.
  • Art of Illumination: The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2010.
Provenance Collection of F. W. B. Massey-Manwaring [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; G. R. Harding, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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Period
ca. 1420 (Late Medieval)
Medium
painted enamel on silver (?) with gilded silver mount
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.462
Measurements
H: 2 3/8 x Diam: 2 1/16 x D: 3/16 in. (6.1 x 5.2 x 0.5 cm)
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