The Forge of Vulcan
Master H G
Object Place: Europe, Nuremberg, Germany
Diameter: 6 1/4 in.
Medium or Technique
Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)
Based on engraving by Cornelius Bosch (1546) after Heemskerk’s painting (1536). Circular plaque, cast bronze, narrow wreath with irregularly spaced holes encloses low relief landscape for four men, forge at left, women and child at right in higher relief.
The scene of the Forge of Vulcan was often associated with the sculptor working in bronze. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, was considered the greatest metal worker and an image of his forge could be seen as an emblem of artistic creativity.
Johan Quirijn van Regteren Altena (b. 1899 - d. 1980), Amsterdam; sold by Regteren Altena to Nystad Antiquairs, The Hague; 1962, sold by Nystad to the MFA for $1,100. (Accession Date: December 12, 1962)
Frederick Brown Fund