Unsigned, attributed to Giovanni Candida
weight 32.037 g
diameter 49.4 mm
Giovanni Candida (before 1450 after 1504) came from the kingdom of Naples but worked as a secretary at the Burgundian court from 1472 to 1480. He was also a productive and influential medallist. He is presumed to have created this medal with the portraits of Mary of Burgundy (1457-1482) and Maximilian of Habsburg (1459-1519) on the occasion of their marriage. The young couple are both modelled in life like busts facing right; Maximilian is wearing a cloak over a shirt, his head is adorned with a wreath and he has shoulder length hair. Mary's hair is plaited and caught into a bun; the two Ms beneath a crown at her neck refer to the union of the couple. Maximilian survived his first wife by 37 years; his marriage to her brought him and the Habsburgs the Burgundian Netherlands, which would remain in their possession for centuries. As Emperor Maximilian I he bequeathed on his death in 1519 to Mary's and his grandson Charles V an empire on which the sun never set. Maximilian's heart is buried in Mary's coffin, while his body lies in Wiener Neustadt.