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Medal of Cardinal Grimani

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Camelio Vittore Gambello, born 1460 - died 1537 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze cast in relief

  • Museum number:

    520-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Thi medal depicts on the obverse the bareheaded bust to the left, of Cardinal Domenico Grimani (b. 1461; d. 1523), who was a Venetian Churchman and Cardinal between the years 1493-1523. On the reverse are allegorical female figures symbolising Theology and Philosophy. Theology, standing beneath a palm tree, holds Philosophy's hand, who is seated before her, and points upwards with her right hand. The figures are draped.

The medallist was Camelio, also called Vittore Gambello. He was a Venetian sculptor, goldsmith, coin-engraver, founder and medallist (b. 1460; d. 1539). His career ranges from 1484 - 1523. The invention of cutting dies in steel is attributed to him. This technique allowed more minute work to be introduced into medals, marking a new era in medallic engraving.

Physical description

This medal depicts: Obv.: DOMINCUS: CARDINALIS: GRIMANVS. Bust to the left bareheaded.
Rev. THEOLOGIA : PHILOSOPHIA. Female figures emblematical of Theology and Philosophy. Theology standing beneath a palm-tree holds the hand of Philosophy who is seated before her, and points upwards with her right hand; the figures are draped.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Camelio Vittore Gambello, born 1460 - died 1537 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze cast in relief

Marks and inscriptions

DOMINCUS: CARDINALIS: GRIMANVS
on the obverse

THEOLOGIA : PHILOSOPHI
on the reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.4 cm

Object history note

Bought, £11 0s. 6d.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, depicting Cardinal Domenico Grimani, by Camelio (Vittore Gambello), Italy, ca. 1500

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

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 87
Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, p. 223, No. 863

Production Note

Camelio also called Vittore Gambello

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Casting; Relief

Subjects depicted

Bust; Female figure; Theology; Philosophy; Palm tree

Categories

Coins & Medals; Metalwork; Sculpture; Portraits; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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