Portrait medal of Antoine Perrenot Granvelle (obverse); Don Juan of Austria Receiving the Standard from Granvelle (reverse)
Giovanni V. Melon (Italian, active ca. 1570–90)
Bronze (Copper alloy with orange-brown,
mottled cuprite patina).
Diam. 4.4 cm, wt. 32.71 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse presents a portrait of Antoine Perrenot Granvelle (1517 – 1586), a leading minister for the Spanish Habsburgs during the resurgence of Protestantism in the sixteenth century. A friend and patron of the master painter Titian, Granville possessed a magnificent library and art collection. When Philip II of Spain became emperor in 1556, Granville was dispatched to the Netherlands, where his repression of Protestants forced him to be recalled. This medal 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, which is represented on the medal's reverse.
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.