The Forge of Vulcan

German (Nuremberg)
1570–80
Master H G


Object Place: Europe, Nuremberg, Germany

Dimensions

Diameter: 6 1/4 in.

Accession Number

62.1167

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund