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Medal of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Saxony
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Medal of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Saxony

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Portrait medals of the 1500s usually show the subject in profile, attesting to the influence of Roman imperial coins; however, this three-quarter portrait is adapted from a painting by Lucas Cranach (1472-1553) who produced many fine works for the dukes of Saxony. The sword that the duke holds prominently, a symbol of his power, moves beyond the "frame" in a display of pictorial illusionism. Examples of this medal, commissioned to be given as gifts, could be worn from a chain or ribbon around the neck to declare allegiance to Duke Johann Friedrich. Reinhart's medals are among some of the finest works of the German Renaissance.
Date Description Narrative
1/31/1964Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/13/1988Examinationexamined for condition
  • Small Northern European Portraits from The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 2000.
Provenance Douglas H. Gordon, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, 1945, by gift.
Inscriptions Signed: HR
Credit Gift of Douglas H. Gordon, 1945

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1544 (Renaissance)
gilded silver
(Coins & Medals)
Accession Number
2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm) (w.)


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