Copy in two halves of a medal of Bartolommeo Pendaglia of Ferrara. The original medal was made circa 1452 by Sperandio of Mantua. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal was acquired by the British Museum and later exhibited in the King's Library in 1881. It is No. 21 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype was produced in association with that exhibition and publication and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the mid 1880s.

Bartolorameo Pendaglia was a rich merchant of Ferrara. The reverse refers to a knighthood confired on him in 1452.

Obverse Description

Bust of Bartolommeo in loose tunic and flat-topped cap; around, . BARTHOLOMAEVS . PENDALIA . INSIGNE . LIBERALITALIS . ET . MVNIFICENTIAE . EXEMPL.

Reverse Description

Naked male figure seated facing left on cuirass, holding globe in extended right hand and resting a spear in his left arm, he places his left foot on an open bag from which coins fall; behind him, shields; around above, CAESARIANA . LIBERALITAS .; around below, . OPVS . SPERANDEI .

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