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Paul III

  • Object:

    Medal pope paul iii/ganymede & eagle

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    second quarter of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cesati, Alessandro (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.253-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts Pope Paul III (Alessandro Farnese, 1466-1549), who became Pope in 1534. It is made by Alessandro Cesati in Italy in the second quarter of the 16th century.
Cesati was an Italian medallist and gem-, cameo- and die-engraver, working ca. 1538-1564.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the right of Paul, bearded, wearing a cope. Inscription. On the reverse Ganymede, naked, standing full face, on the right the eagle. On his left shoulder he holds a vase from which he waters a clump of lilies. Greek inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

second quarter of 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Cesati, Alessandro (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'PAVLVS . III . PONT . MAX . AN . XI'
obverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.1 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Pope Paul III, by Alessandro Cesati, Italy, second quarter of the 16th cent

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 34

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Lilies; Eagle

Categories

Coins & Medals; Christianity; Portraits; Sculpture; Myths & Legends; Gender and Sexuality

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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