Giampaolo Poggini


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(b Florence, 1518; d Madrid, ?1582). Medallist and coin-engraver. In 1557 he attached himself to the court of Philip II in Brussels, one year after Philip's accession to the kingdom of Spain with its dependencies. There he was commissioned to improve coin-engraving in the Spanish Netherlands. An ordinance dated 21 July 1557 introduced the Philippus daalder, which was issued in many varieties by many mints. Poggini's medallic work began during his time at Brussels with two portrayals of Philip II, both quite similar in their overall design. His style demonstrates a trend in 16th-century art towards more elaborate ornament, notably in his reverse designs. When, after the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis (1559), Philip left Brussels for Madrid, Poggini went too and never returned to Italy. In commemoration of the Treaty, Poggini executed a medal dated 1559 showing Pax setting fire to a pile of armaments in front of the closed Temple of Janus.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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