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Medal - Tommaso Rangoni

Tommaso Rangoni

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    della Fede, Matteo Pagano (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case 14

This is a bronze medal made by Matteo Pagano della Fede in Venice, Italy in about 1560. The obverse of this medal represents Tommaso Rangone of Ravenna (1493-1577), the philosopher and linguist. For the reverse of this medal, the physician, philosopher and astronomer Tommaso (also called Philologus) chose the creation of the Milky Way. It shows Jupiter placing the infant Hercules at the breast of Juno, perhaps in recognition of Rangone’s own status as an adopted son.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


ca. 1560 (made)


della Fede, Matteo Pagano (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 4 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm

Object history note

There is an electrotype copy of this medal (inv. no. 1857-116). It was bought from the Soulages collection in 1865.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, bust of Tommaso Rangoni/Hercules placed at Juno's breasts, by Matteo Pagano della Fede, Italian (Venice), ca. 1560

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 43
Robinson, John Charles. Catalogue of the Soulages Collection. London: Chapman & Hall, 1856, p. 158
Avery, V. [Unpublished PhD. dissertation]The Early Wokrs of Alessandro Vittonè. University of Cambridge, 1996, pp. 624, 625




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