Pierre Jeannin

Artist Guillaume Dupré (French, 1574–1642)

Object Place: Europe, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Kress 564.


Diameter: 19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze (85-90% copper with up to 6% tin, about 2% each of zinc and lead with some silver)

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)





Circular uniface medal (obverse only) of Pierre Jeannin (1540-1622) with beaded edge. Profile bust of Jeannin looking to proper left, wearing costume of a magistrate, with finely-chased beard and hair and expressive face; inscribed at edge “PETRVS·IEANNIN·REG·CHRIST·A.SECR·CONS·ET·SAC·AERA·PRAEF” [last three letters overlapping bust] and below bust “·G·DVPRE·F·1618·”.

This large medallion is distinguished by the sharp modeling of the hair and beard, a sense of amplitude in the chest and shoulders of the sitter, and the polish and richness of the patination. But it is the sensitivity with which the 78-year-old man is presented that makes this such a memorable portrait of Pierre Jeannin, jurist, diplomat and close councilor to the king of France, Louis XIII. The relief is so fine and its surface so carefully worked that it is likely to have been the first cast made by the artist, Guillaume Dupré.


Inscribed at edge "PETRVS·IEANNIN·REG·CHRIST·A.SECR·CONS·ET·SAC·AERA·PRAEF" [last three letters overlapping bust] ["Pierre Jeannin, member of the private council of the most Christian king, superintendant of finances"] and below bust "·G·DVPRE·F·1618·".


Le Bouclier, Rotterdam; 1984, Alain Moatti, Paris; 1984, sold by Alain Moatti to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1984)

Credit Line

In memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor