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Material Witness and Dematerialized Image: The Sixteenth-Century Siege Coin, Post-Siege

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 19 March 2019

material witness

We are delighted to welcome Allison Stielau (History of Art, UCL) for this talk.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Cost

Free

Organiser

Tom Wilkinson

Location

IAS Forum
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

In early modern Europe, emergency currency was manufactured hurriedly and without the usual regulatory standards, primarily to pay soldiers when funds for their salaries had run dry. The precious material of so-called siege coins often derived from existing stores of plate. This transformation from vessel to coin embodied the tumultuous conditions of emergencies and made siege coins unique material witnesses to, and later souvenirs of, the events that had produced them. This talk considers the coins’ status as material witnesses as well as their later representation in print, where they circulated as dematerialized images that struggled to convey their special metallic provenance.  

This lecture is part of the series Image Economies, organised by Tom Wilkinson at the Warburg Institute. Other events in this series: