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Medallion - Pope Innocent XI

Pope Innocent XI

  • Object:

    Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1679 - ca. 1689 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA.

  • Museum number:

    A.29-1949

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This portrait of Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689; Pope 1676-89) is similar to that shown on the 1679 bronze medal by Giovanni Hamerani (1646-1705), although on the medal the Pope is shown with full papal vestments and with longer hair; in addition his abbreviated name is given as 'INNOCEN' with two 'n's (examples are in the present collection, including inv. no. 1247-1893, and at the British Museum and elsewhere).
The virtuoso skill seen here, whereby a figurative portrait is created using only the technique of turning, was greatly admired in the seventeenth century.

Physical description

The turned portrait is set within an integral turned frame. The bust faces right, and the Pope is shown bearded wearing a cap. The medallion is inscribed.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1679 - ca. 1689 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Turned ivory

Marks and inscriptions

'INOCEN: XI . PONT. MAX .'

'Pope Innocent XI'
on the medallion

Dimensions

Diameter: 11.2 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. in 1949; formerly on loan from Dr Hildburgh.

Descriptive line

Medallion, ivory, Pope Innocent XI, by an anonymous ivory turner, probably after Giovanni Hamerani, Italian, ca. 1679-89

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

Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 293, pp. 300, 1

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Turned

Categories

Medallions; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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