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Pope Gregory XIII

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1572 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bonzagna, Gian Federigo, born 1508 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is depicting Ugo Boncampagni (1502-1585), who became Pope Gregory XIII in 1572. It is made by Gian Federigo Bonzagna.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the left of Gregory, bearded, wearing a skull-cap and a cardinal's cape. Inscription. On the reverse a destroying angel, holding a cross and a sword, advancing to the right towards a group of Huguenots. Some lying dead or wounded, others flying. Inscription.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1572 (made)


Bonzagna, Gian Federigo, born 1508 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'GREGORIVS . XIII . PONT . MAX . AN . I / . F . P'


Object history note

Formerly described in the Departmental records as "found in a drawer in a bookcase in the Visitor's Room Almost certainly not on charge to A/S Dept." Written on with a group of unnumbered medals RF 96/1279.

Descriptive line

Medal, gilt bronze, Pope Gregory XIII, by Federigo Parmense, Italian, 1572

Subjects depicted

Cross; Sword; Angel


Coins & Medals; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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