The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1958
Not on view
From a series of fifty-five plates with medallion portraits of gods, goddesses, and personifications, after coins from the collection of Abraham Ortelius. Each plate includes the medallion at center, set in a strapwork border with grotesques, with the title in a cartouche above and the provenance of the coin in a cartouche below. In this first edition, published by Philips Galle in Antwerp in 1573 and dedicated by Ortelius to Jan Sambucus, the plates appear in alphabetical order, following the title given above each medallion. The plates were designed by Hans Vredeman de Vries (30 plates) and Gerard van Groeningen (25 plates) and etched by the Van Doetecum brothers, with van Groeningen responsible for the frames in some plates and an unidentified engraver responsible for executing nine of de Vries's designs.
Inscription: on plaque at top center: PLVTONIS on plaque at bottom center: Ex nummo argenteo Sex / Noni P.F. Sufenatis
Marking: at bottom right, in brown ink: M; at bottom right, in pencil: 41
Vendor: Randolph Gunter (American, died 1962)
New Hollstein (Van Doetecum) III.151.689 i/ii; New Hollstein (van Groeningen) I.64.34; SKB 229; Jessen 386