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Medal: Antoine Perrenot

Artist:
Giovanni V. Melon (Italian, active ca. 1570–90)
Date:
1571
Medium:
Bronze (Copper alloy with orange-brown, mottled cuprite patina).
Dimensions:
Diam. 4.4 cm, wt. 32.71 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1289
Not on view
The obverse presents a portrait of Antoine Perrenot,
Cardinal Granvelle (1517 – 1586), and on the reverse
is Don Juan of Austria receiving the standard from
Granvelle. This medal was made in Rome. It commemorates
the moment when Don Juan of Austria received
from Granvelle the standard as commander of the fleet
of the Holy League (Venice, Spain, and the Papal States)
against the Turks. Another medal by Melon, dating from
the same year, celebrates the Holy League’s glorious victory
at Lepanto on 7 October 1571. The obverse of this
medal is also known with two different reverses.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: ANT· S· R·
E· PBR· CARD· GRANVELANUS; inscribed on the truncation
of the bust: MELON . . F.; inscribed on the reverse:
IN HOC VINCES
Dr. Paul Charles Stroehlin, president of the Societé Suisse Numismatique, Geneva; Stroehlin sale, Sotheby’s, London, 30 May 1910, lot 853; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936, lot 148, including No. 111 (1975.1.1290), another medal, and a box formed of two medals ( to [ John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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