French Sculpture Census

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VARIN ou WARIN, Jean
Liège, Belgium 1604 - Paris 1672

Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu (1585-1642) (face), La Fortune enchaînée au char de la Renommée et de la France (revers)
Fortune Chained to a Chariot Carrying Fame and France (reverse)

1630
bronze

medal
diameter: 3 1/16
obverse:
around circumference: ARMANDVS IOANNES CARDINALIS DE RICHELIEV

Acc. No. : 1957.14.10.a, b
Credit Line : Samuel H. Kress Collection

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, The National Gallery of Art

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Provenance

  • Berkeley, Numismatic Fine Arts (Dr. Edward Gans)
  • 1957, purchased by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York
  • 1957, gift to the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 24 August 2011
  • 1967 Hill, Pollard
    George Francis Hill, and Graham Pollard. Renaissance Medals from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art, London, 1967, n. 575a
  • 1983 Wilson
    Carolyn C. Wilson, Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1983, p. 211, n. 23
  • 2007 Pollard
    John Graham Pollard, Renaissance Medals. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, 2 vols, Washington, 2007, vol 2, n. 661, repr.

Exhibition

  • 1994 Washington/New York/Edinburgh
    The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Frick Collection, New York; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1994-1995, n. 153, repr.
  • 2000 Washington
    Fortune: "All Is But Fortune", The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., 2000, n. 98
  • 2003 Montreal/Cologne
    Richelieu: Art and Power, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, 2002-2003, n. 23, repr.

Related Works

Warin, Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu (1585-1642) (observe), bronze, 1631, in the same museum, 1957.14.1171.a.