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The depicted Camillo Gonzaga was Count of Novellara. He was the son of Alessandro Gonzaga and succeeded him in 1533. In 1555 he married Barbara Borromeo. With his two brothers he served in the Imperial Army, fighting in Flanders and Germany. He retired in Novellara and led a life of exemplary piety.
The medal shows the Count aged 33.
Medal depicts on the obverse bust to left of Gonzaga, bearded, wearing a cloak over armour. Inscription.
On the reverse on the right a stump of a tree with one branch in leaf on which armour is hung. Inscription.
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'CAMILVS GONZ . COM . NOVELL . AN . XXXIII'
'AD . VTRVMQVE . PARATVS'
Diameter: 4.7 cm
Object history note
From the Salting bequest.
Medal, bronze, Camillo Gonzaga, unknown medallist, Italy, dated 1554
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. 45
Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture