MODERNO (Verona 1467, Rome before 1528) Single-sided... - Lot 123 - Millon

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MODERNO (Verona 1467, Rome before 1528) Single-sided... - Lot 123 - Millon
MODERNO (Verona 1467, Rome before 1528)
Single-sided square bronze plaque with brown patina representing the abduction of Deianira, wife of Hercules, by the centaur Nessus. The centaur walking towards the left holds Dejanira on her rump trying to escape from his embrace.
Italy, late 15th, early 16th century.
4.3 x 4.3 cm

Our plate measuring 4.3 x 4.3 cm is found in another version where it forms the central part of an oblong plate measuring 9.4 x 4.3 cm, with rounded ends (3), with Nessus and Dejanira this time placed between two medallions representing Victory and Hercules killing the Stymphalian birds. See in this sense: Molinier p.150; Bange n°486; Kress p.165, fig. 161.
The rare known copies of this plate are kept in the Louvre Museum, the National Gallery in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin.
Although the existence of the central plate separately is known, notably in the writings of John Pope-Hennessy (4), no copy has ever been found.

Bibliography :
- (1) Les Bronzes de la Renaissance : Les plaquettes, catalogue raisonné, précédé d'une introduction, by Émile Molinier, 1886, p.115-116, p.150.
- (2) The Salton collection: Renaissance & Baroque medals & plaquettes, Bowdoin college museum of art, Brunswick Me, 1969, p.157
- (3) The Plaquettes of "Moderno" and His Followers, Douglas Lewis, Studies in the History of Art, Vol. 22, Symposium Papers IX: Italian Plaquettes (1989), pp. 105-141, 6-7
- (4) Complete Catalogue of the Samuel H. Kress Collection, Renaissances Bronzes, John Pope-Hennessy, 1965, p. 165, fig. 161
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