Model for a portrait medal of Augustus, Elector of Saxony

Tobias Wolff

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This stone model for a medal bears a portrait of Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1526 – 1586). Famous for his collections, including the finest assemblage of arms and armor in Northern Europe, Augustus founded the Dresden Kunstkammer, predecessor to the present-day state collections.
This is a model made of Solnhofen limestone, from which molds were taken for casting medals. Tobias Wolff, a rather elusive personality, probably worked in Breslau (present-day Wrocław, Poland) before moving to Saxony where he was employed by the elector. In 1576 he was called “portrait carver from Breslau.” There are indications that he was also active in Augsburg in a later phase of his career.

Model for a portrait medal of Augustus, Elector of Saxony, Tobias Wolff (documented 1561–1606)  , Silesia (Breslau) or Saxony (Dresden?), Honey-stone, Polish or German

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