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Medal pope paul iii/farnese coat-of-arms - Medal of Paul III

Medal of Paul III

  • Object:

    Medal pope paul iii/farnese coat-of-arms

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    late sixteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paladino, G (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Michael Hall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal represents Paul III (Alessandro Farnese), bareheaded and wearing a cope. On the reverse side there is the Farnese coat-of-arms, surmounted by the Papal tiara and crossed keys.

Paul III was Pope from 1534 to his death in 1549. Despite becoming Pope at an uncertain time following the Protestant Reformation, he presided over a period of Catholic revival. In particular he initiated the Council of Trent to deal with contentious issues.

This is a posthumous medal by Paladino and the mould is preserved in Rome.

Physical description

Medal, bronze. Obverse side, bust to the right of Paul III, bareheaded and wearing a cope with the inscription PAVLVS. III. PONT. MAX. AN. XV, dated MDIL. Reverse side, the Farnese coat-of-arms, surmounted by the Papal tiara and crossed keys with the inscription AVITAE. FARNESIORUM. STIRPIS.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


late sixteenth century (made)


Paladino, G (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 44 mm

Object history note

Given by Mr Michael Hall.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Italian, 16th cent, G.Paladino

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

Armand, Albert. Les médailleurs italiens des quinzième et seizième siècles Paris, 1883-7, vol. II, p.167.
Forrer, L Biographical Dictionary of MedallistsLondon, Spink & Son, 1902-30.



Subjects depicted

Keys; Tiara


Sculpture Collection

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