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Medallion of the Elector Frederick V of the Rhine Palatinate and His Wife and Son
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Medallion of the Elector Frederick V of the Rhine Palatinate and His Wife and Son


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Description This exquisite gold medallion is from a series depicting members of the family of King James I of England. His daughter Elizabeth and her husband Frederick V of the Rhine Palatinate, one of the princely electors of the Holy Roman Empire, had their court in Heidelberg, Germany. The couple had married in 1613, and their son Frederick Hendrick was born in 1614. He is a toddler here, so De Passe likely made the medallion around 1616, when he was working in London. De Passe was a well-known engraver, and he probably used portrait miniatures in opaque watercolor as his models. The medallion is designed as a pendant (such as Elizabeth herself wears).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/29/1964Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • The Golden Age: Dutch Seventeenth Century Portraiture. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1980-1981.
  • Small Northern European Portraits from The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 2000.
Provenance J. P. Morgan; Abraham Jay Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest [A-348]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963

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Period
ca. 1616 (Baroque)
Medium
gold
(Miniatures)
Accession Number
38.217
Measurements
2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.4 cm)
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