'Don Carlos of Spain', wax relief

'Don Carlos of Spain', wax relief

'Don Carlos of Spain'
Antonio Abondio (1538-91)
Wax relief
Prague
About 1571-2
Copper-gilt locket
Museum no. A.525-1910
Salting Bequest

Wax was first used to make works of art, as opposed to models, in Italy around 1510. Later, Abondio became the first artist to make portrait medallions in wax. He worked mainly in the courts of northern Europe. This wax, showing the infamous son of Philip II of Spain, comes from a series of imperial portraits.