Medal Capitulation of Mantua, Issued by Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I), France, 1797
Minted by Paris Mint (?)
The personification of Mantuawearing a mural crown standing facing left presents the city key to a Roman soldier wearing a Corinthian helmet and holding a shield and spear; in the background, an aqueduct leading to the city walls; in exergue, REDDITION DE MANTOUE; the artist's name, LAVY, at right of exergue line
At top, a closed wreath; below wreath A L'ARMEE D'ITALIE / VICTORIEUSE; below , a thunderboltemiting lightnuing; below, LOI / DU 24 . PLUVIOSE / AN 5ME. R.
Plain (no edge inscription 'BONEPARTE GENERAL EN CHIEF' )
The fall of Mantua after a siege that lasted from 3 June 1796 to 30 Jan 1797, ended the French conquest of northern Italy. Bonaparte reportedly took many art treasures kept in the churches, libraries and museums of Mantua as 'compensation' for the cost of the war.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
40.29 g (Weight)