Alexandre Olivier


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(b Paris, 1554; d Paris, before 18 May 1607). French medallist. He was the eldest son of Aubin Olivier (d 1581), first Conductor of the Monnaie du Moulin (the mechanized mint in Paris), and was appointed engraver to the mint following Antoine Brucher's death in 1568. He learnt die engraving from Claude de Hery (c. 1525–82), whose daughter Marguerite he married, and was responsible for the production of large numbers of dies for jettons. Olivier also made a number of commemorative medals (e.g. London, BM), including those celebrating the Entry to Paris of Charles IX (1571) and Henry III (1573), the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572) and the Treaty of Lyon (1601). In 1581 Alexandre succeeded his father as Conductor of the Monnaie du Moulin and towards the end of the century took on his son Gilbert Olivier (d 1608) and Pierre Regnier as apprentices.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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