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Medal - Paul III, Alessandro Farnese

Paul III, Alessandro Farnese

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This gilt bronze medal is made by an unknown medallist in Italy in the 16th century and represents Pope Paul III, Alessandro Farnese.
Pope Paul III, called Alessandro Farnese (1466-1549) was Pope from 1534 till his death in 1549 and an important patron of the Arts.

Physical description

This medal depicts on the obverse the bust of Pope Paul III and on the reverse a serpent fighting with a griffin.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze


Diameter: 60.45 cm

Object history note

Bought, £1 in 1861.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze gilt, bust of Pope Paul III, Italy, 16th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861. 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. 23


Bronze; Gold



Subjects depicted

Bust; Serpent; Griffin


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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