Vulcan at an Anvil with an Angel and Cupid

attributed to Galeazzo Mondella, called Moderno, Italian, 1467 - 1528


about 1500


Overall: 1 5/16 × 1 5/16 × 1/8 in. (3.3 × 3.3 × 0.3 cm)

Weight: 11 g

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Roger Arvid Anderson Collection - 250th Anniversary Gift, 1769-2019



Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name

Sculpture: Plaquette

Research Area


On view


The Greco-Roman god Vulcan was a master craftsman, and depictions of this strong, bearded, masculine figure toiling at his forge were popular among sculptors and metalworkers as a reflection of their own work. The three examples here vary in their size and intended function but share a focus on the labor of the mythological creator and his workshop rather than their products. The idealized bodies of Vulcan and his workers celebrate the process of metalworking and position sculptors as worthy of admiration for the physicality of their craft in addition to their artistic ingenuity.

From the 2024 exhibition Living with Sculpture: Presence and Power in Europe, 1400–1750, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programming and Curator of European Art and Ashley Offill, Curator of Collections

Course History

ARTH 84, Media and Meaning in Renaissance Sculpture, Adrian Randolph, Fall 2013

Exhibition History

Living with Sculpture: Presence and Power in Europe, 1400–1750, Citrin Family Gallery and Engles Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 23, 2024–March 22, 2025.

Renaissance and Mannerist Plaquettes and Medals from the Collection of Roger Arvid Anderson, Class of 1968, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 19-November 21, 2013.

Publication History

Roger Arvid Anderson, The Roger Arvid Anderson Collection, Medals, Medallions, Plaquettes and Small Reliefs, Paintings, Sculpture, Works on Paper and Textiles, San Francisco: Roger Arvid Anderson (published privately), design by David L. Wilson, 2015, p. 144.


New York art market; sold to Roger Arvid Anderson, San Francisco, California, date unknown; lent to present collection, 2011; given to present collection, 2016.

Catalogue Raisonne

Kress Fig. 288 (No. 355)

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