Two Medallions - Styles and Influences
Two Medallions with Portraits of Julius Caesar and Vespasian
Limoges; 2nd half 17th c.
Jacques I Laudin
Medallions representing Julius Caesar and Flavius Vespasian are part of a series of twelve portraits of the most famous Roman emperors. They reappeared in art as a result of the Renaissance revival of Classical subjects and decoration and in the 2nd half of the 16th c. spread from Italy to other parts of Europe. Medallions with portraits of the emperors in enamel are found either as decorations on vessels or candlesticks, or as an independent series.