Emperor Probus, Emperor of Rome (232-282 AD)
Art / Sculpture
89 cm (Diameter)Order this image
Vyne Estate, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)
This roundel was probably made in the Florentine workshop of Giovanni da Maiano in the 1520s and is one of the earliest examples of Italian Renaissance sculpture in this country. The Roman Emperor Probus, who died in A.D 282, authorised the introduction of vines into Britain. According to tradition some of the first grape vines were planted at The Vyne, giving the house its name.
Terracotta, Emperor Probus, Emperor of Rome (232-282 AD). Medallion bust of the Roman Emperor Probus, who authorised the introduction of vines into Britain. It resembles those busts of Emperors made by Giovanni di Maiano for Hampton Court in 1521 and may have been inserted by William Sandys.
Not in 1754 inventory; may have been acquired after the Tudor 'Holbein' gate in Whitehall was demolished in 1759-60; bequeathed with The Vyne, estate and contents by Sir Charles Chute, 1st Bt (1879-1956)
Rawlinson 2017: Kent Rawlinson, ‘Giovanni da Maiano: on the English career of a Florentine sculptor (c. 1520–42)’, Sculpture Journal, 26 (2017), 37-51.