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Medal - Jacopo Sannazaro

Jacopo Sannazaro

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Santacroce, Girolamo, born 1498 - died 1533

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The medal is possibly by Girolamo Santacroce, an Italian sculptor and goldsmith (b.1498; d. 1533) who was born and lived in Naples.

The bust on the medal depicts Jacopo Sannazaro (b. 1458; d. 1530). He was a poet, humanist and epigrammist, based in Naples. He is most famous for his masterwork 'Arcadia', which he wrote in 1480 (not published before 1503) and which first institutes the theme of Arcadia in European literature. Arcadia refers to a utopian vision of a pastoral life and its harmony with nature, its idyllic vision of unspoiled wilderness.
It was the first pastoral romance in Renaissance Europe to gain international success.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust of Jacopo Sannazaro to the left, laureate and the inscription ACTIVS SYNCERVS. On De reverse the Nativity.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


early 16th century (made)


Santacroce, Girolamo, born 1498 - died 1533

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

inscription on the obverse


Diameter: 3.6 cm

Object history note

Bought, £3.

Historical context note

another version was entered into Sotheby's London, coins and medals sale, July 5, 1994, lot. no. 6 (unsold)

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, depicting poet Jacopo Sannazaro, possibly by Girolamo Santacroce, Italy, early 16th century

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

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1907, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 134




Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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