three leafy brooch designs on sheet: L design features wide-leafed vines with a face emerging from center leaf; center design shows a vase emerging from intertwined leaves, with two swirls flanking the vase; R design features nude torso emerging from vines, with male heads emerging from leaves flanking center motif

Three Brooches Side by Side, 1536

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Heinrich Aldegrever devoted a third of his 300 or so engravings to ornament. This sheet exemplifies the Renaissance impulse toward symmetry and crowding. Goldsmiths would have freely recombined these foliated elements to suit their customers’ tastes.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Three Brooches Side by Side
Artist Life
1502–after 1555/61
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.50
Provenance
[Christopher Mendez, London; sold to Andrus]; John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015. Earlier provenances have been gathered, but further research will increase our knowledge of their histories.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 258 (vol. 8, p. 440); New Hollstein 258 (only state)
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three leafy brooch designs on sheet: L design features wide-leafed vines with a face emerging from center leaf; center design shows a vase emerging from intertwined leaves, with two swirls flanking the vase; R design features nude torso emerging from vines, with male heads emerging from leaves flanking center motif