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Medal: Bust of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese

Artist:
Giovanni V. Melon (Italian, active ca. 1570–90)
Date:
1575
Medium:
Bronze (Copper alloy with a warm brown patina).
Dimensions:
Diam. 4.7 cm, wt. 34.51 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1290
Not on view
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.
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