The obverse bears a portrait of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, and the reverse shows the facade of the church of Il Gesu in Rome. The medal was issued in the Holy Year 1575. Il Gesu, a building project largely financed by Cardinal Farnese, was almost finished in that year and played a major role in the festivities.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: ALEXANDER CAR[d] FARN· S· R· E· VIC[e]CAN; inscribed on the truncation: IO. V. MILON.F.; inscribed on the reverse: FECIT ANNO SAL· MDLXXV ROMAE
Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer
sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936, lot 148, including
No. 110 (1975.1.1289), another medal, and a box formed of
two medals (to [ John Hunt, London]). Acquired by
Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.