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around top circumference, in raised letters: .M[ARS].VICTORIA[.]FVNCTVS (Mars having accomplished victory); upper right on tablet on staff topped by hand, in incised letters: M[ODERNVS].F[ECIT. (Moderno made this)

Marks and Labels

Reverse formerly bore previous inventory number 15(?) in black ink (unidentified collection) and 185 in yellow paint (Ricci 1931); numerals were removed during 1982 cleaning.


Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris; his estate; purchased 1930 by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 1945 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History

In the Light of Apollo: Italian Renaissance and Greece, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, 2003-2004, no. VIII.26, repro.


Molinier, Émile. L'Art 40 (1886): 174, repro.
Molinier, Émile. Les Bronzes de la Renaissance. Les Plaquettes; Catalogue Raisonné. 2 vols. Paris, 1886: 1:140-141, no. 187, repro.
Migeon, Gaston. "La collection de M. Gustave Dreyfus, V: Les plaquettes." Les Arts 80 (August 1908): 30, pl. 20, fig. 9.
Ricci, Seymour de. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection. Reliefs and Plaquettes. Oxford, 1931. vol. II, 142, no. 185, pl. 60.
National Gallery of Art. Renaissance Bronzes: Statuettes, Reliefs and Plaquettes, Medals and Coins from the Kress Collection. Introduction by Perry B. Cott. Washington, 1951: 152.
Pope-Hennessy, Sir John. "The Italian Plaquette." Proceedings of the British Academy I (1964): 71-72, pl. 6, fig. b. (Reprinted in The Study and Criticism of Italian Sculpture. Princeton, 1980: 201-202, fig. 15.)
Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: 44, no. 139, fig. 165.
Montagu, Jennifer. "Plaquettes Revealed." Apollo 83 (March 1966): 229.
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 108, no. 18, repro.
Lewis 1987, 81, 94 note 22.
Lewis, Douglas. "The Plaquettes of 'Moderno' and His Followers." Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 120, 122, repro.
Pope-Hennessy, John. "The Study of Italian Plaquettes." Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 27, fig. 21.
Gasparotto, Davide. "Le placchette rinascimentali italiane: collezionismo e 'connoisseurship'." In Banzato, Davide, Maria Beltramini, and Davide Gasparatto, eds. Placchette, bronzetti e cristalli incisi dei Musei Civici di Vicenza, secoli XV-XVIII. Vicenza, 1997: 31, n.45.
National Gallery of Art Special Issue. Connaissance des Arts. Paris, 2000:61.

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