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Saint Eligius and King Dagobert

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1520/30

Artist:

Jean de Gourmont
French, 1506-1551

About this artwork

The son of a goldsmith, Gourmont drew on his family background for this roundel showing the patron saint of goldsmiths, Eligius, and the king he frequently advised. Eligius, his halo encircling his head, busily hammers out a golden disc on an anvil while his assistant mans the bellows. Dagobert, wearing a slender crown that Eligius may himself have wrought, gestures from the throne. The king was said to have valued the saint’s opinion over that of court nobles.

Eligius was a famous goldsmith to Clothar II and to his successor, Dagobert I, before becoming a priest. For this reason, he was to become the patron saint of goldsmiths, blacksmiths, and farriers. Although Eligius (or Eloi) was a saint from ancient times, his cult attained its widest popularity in the later Middle Ages.

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Artist

Jean de Gourmont

Title

Saint Eligius and King Dagobert

Origin

France

Date

1520–1530

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

81 × 81 mm (sheet, cut to platemark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1060

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