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Medal: Antoine Perrenot

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
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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

  • Provenance

    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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