Pendant - inv. 733

Titolo: 
Pendant of the Spanish Armada
Numero di Inventario: 
733
Tipologia: 
jewellery
Collezione: 

Jewellery

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Noah’s ark
Motivo attribuzione: 
stylistic analysis
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
England, (1580-1600)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
England
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1575
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"SEVAS TRANQUILA PER UNDAS"
Materia e Tecnica: 
morther of pearl
gold
ruby
enamel
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Jewelry Room
10
Codice audioguida: 
199

The pendant is made by two ovals hinged together, decorated with polychrome enamels and a frame set with forty-three rubies. The principal side was meant to contain a portrait (miniature, cameo or relief in gold), now lost, around which ran the inscription per tot discrimina rerum (through all adversities). The other half still has the mother-of-pearl plaque incised with Noah’s ark sailing in a stormy sea. On the frame we read sevas tranquila per undas (calm between the raging waves). The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a very similar pendant with the portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, who seems to have given it to her councillor Thomas Heneage. It is likely that the Poldi Pezzoli medallion was likewise given by the queen to one of her admirals (Drake or Hawkins) after the Spanish Armada was defeated by the English fleet in 1588.

Masterpiece: 
true
Url Audio: 
http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/audioguide/en_Gabinetto_Ori_Medaglione_Invencibile_Armada.mp3
AC/DC: 
DC