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Domenico Grimani

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century to beginning of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Camelio Vittore Gambello, born 1460 - died 1537 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts Cardinal Domenico Grimani (1463-1523), who became Cardinal in 1493.
It is made by Camelio, also called Vittore Gambello. He was a Venetian sculptor, goldsmith, coin-engraver, founder and medallist (b. 1460; d. 1539). His career ranges from 1484 - 1523. The invention of cutting dies in steel is attributed to him. This technique allowed more minute work to be introduced into medals, marking a new era in medallic engraving.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the left of Grimani, tonsuerd. Inscription. On the reverse Theology, a draped female figure, stands on the left, pointing upwards, and holding by the wrist Philosophy, draped and wearing a veil, who is seated on the stump of a tree with an open book on her knees. Behind Theology, a palm tree. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


late 15th century to beginning of 16th century (made)


Camelio Vittore Gambello, born 1460 - died 1537 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions



reverse, in the exergue


Diameter: 5.6 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Cardinal Domenico Grimani, by Camelio (Vittore Gambello), Italy (Venice), end of 15th or beginning of 16th century

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

Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, no. 863
'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. 29



Subjects depicted

Female figure; Veil; Palm tree; Book; Tree-stump


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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