model third quarter 16th century (cast late 16th or 17th century)
South German or North Italian
Copper alloy with a light brown patina.
Diam. 9.1 cm, wt. 94.54 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This piece is the central decoration of a shield or the foot of a tazza, in the shape of a circular shield decorated with a continuous all’antica battle scene. Such imagery was particularly popular in sixteenth-century Southern Germany, as demonstrated by the prints of Hans Sebald Beham, Barthel Beham, and Jost Amman. The high quality of this composition, with a remarkable variety of poses, suggests that the modeler was inspired by a detailed design (drawing or print) or by a larger model, possibly a shield. These scenes were often used to decorate dagger sheaths, helmets, gorgets, shields, and other forms of arms and armor. The Lehman object is an old aftercast, possibly dating from the late sixteenth or seventeenth century.
Date: ca. 1425–50Medium: Bronze; Ternary copper alloy with a very high content of zinc (approx. 74%
copper, approx. 22% zinc, approx. 2% lead) with natural patina, hollow cast.Accession: 1975.1.1413On view in:Gallery 953
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
Artist: Workshop of Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (Italian, active by 1496, died before 1543)Date: ca. 1520 or laterMedium: Indirect cast; copper alloy, dark brown with areas of black patina.Accession: 1975.1.1393On view in:Gallery 958