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Niccolo Verzi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Padua (made)

  • Date:

    middle of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    del Cavino, Giovanni di Bartolommeo, born 1500 - died 1570 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting Niccolo Verzi of Capodistria is amde by Giovanni del Cavino in Padua in the middle of the 16 th century.
The medallist Giovanni di Bartolommeo dal Cavino, called Giovanni Cavino (1500-1570) was a medallist, whose oevre consists of more than 100 medals. Bassiano was his friend and a noted antiquarian scholar and collector of ancient coins. Probably under his supervision Cavino made many medals of ancient subject, which caused lots of debate and controversy towards his status as a medallist. Some see him as a shameless forger, others as an intelligent medallist evoking the ancient world.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the right of Verzi, bearded. Inscription. On the reverse a draped woman, treading on a serpent turns to the left, raising both arms towards the sun. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Padua (made)


middle of 16th century (made)


del Cavino, Giovanni di Bartolommeo, born 1500 - died 1570 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 3.6 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Niccolo Verzi, by Giovanni del Cavino, Italy (Padua), middle of 16th century

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. 35



Subjects depicted

Woman; Serpent


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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