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Jean Parisot de la Vallette

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1564 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Coccola, Federigo of Amalia (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Cast in bronze or lead, the Renaissance portrait medal commemorated individuals or events. They were used as gifts and mementoes and were inspired by Roman coins, with their portraits of rulers and allegorical representations on the reverse, excavated all over Italy and eagerly collected by humanists. Many specialist sculptors were attracted to the art form. It was recognised that there was a ready market for medals among the growing class of collectors, usually members of the intelligensia or the gentry, who were attracted to small-scale works of art. The medal format proved ideal for this type of personal and intimate object.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the right of la Vallette, bearded, in armour with a loose cloak. A Maltese cross in the middle of the breast-plate. Inscription. On the reverse David with sword raised, about to cut off the head of Goliath. Behind, to the right, a group of men. In the background the sea with ships. Inscription.


1564 (made)


Coccola, Federigo of Amalia (medallist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'F . IO . VALLETA . M . M . HOSP . HIER . / F . CO'



Diameter: 5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Jean Parisot de la Vallette, by a medallist signing FED. COC. (probably Federigo Coccola), Italy, probably 1565

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. 38

Production Note

it is signed FED. COC., and this is probably Federigo Coccola of Amalia



Subjects depicted

Ships; Sea


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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