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Medallion plaque

Medallion plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Belli, Valerio, born 1468 - died 1546 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This elliptic bronze medallion plaque depicting a bearded man and a woman is made by Valerio Belli, in Italy in the 16th century.

Belli (1468-1546) was born into a respected Vicentine family. He trained as a goldsmith and developed considerable skills in engraving crystals and dies. For Pope Clement VII he created his masterpiece, a crystal casket with 24 scenes from the life of Christ, now in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.
Belli was strongly influenced by Raphael and Michelangelo.
He had a facility to work very quickly, and Vasari noted that Belli had flooded the world with his works.

Physical description

The elliptic medallion depicts a bearded man in a long mantle holding in his left hand a stick encircled by a serpent (Aesculapius?). He is turning his head back over his right shoulder in conversation with a woman (Hygieia?) who carries a branch in her right hand.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


16th century (made)


Belli, Valerio, born 1468 - died 1546 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

VALE.VI.F. (?).
signed in the exergue


Length: 4.45 cm, Width: 3.81 cm

Descriptive line

Medallion plaque, elliptic and bronze, made by Valerio Belli, Italy, 16th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1857. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 27
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 67



Subjects depicted

Serpent; Male figure; Mantle; Female figure


Medallions; Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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