This plaquette depicting a battle scene exists in other versions in the Bode Museum, Berlin (a rectangular work), the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Louvre, Paris. Some bear the monogram IO(hannus) B(ernardi) F(ecit). The composition may have derived from an engraved crystal plaquette that Giovanni Bernardi made for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese II. This aftercast from the sixteenth or seventeenth century has some loss of detail.
Artist: Workshop of Desiderio da Firenze (Italian, born Florence, active Padua, 1532–45)Date: ca. 1530Medium: Copper alloy with a reddish brown patina; the base and shell with a dark brown patina.Accession: 1975.1.1395On view in:Gallery 958