Copy of a medal of Gianfrancesco, Count of Bodigo, and founder of the line of the dukes of Sabbioneta. The original medal was made before 1496 by Bartolommeo Melioli. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal was exhibited in the King's Library at the British Museum, London, in 1881 and is No. 49 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 late 1880s.
Gianfrancesco II (1443-1496), Count of Bodigo, and founder of the line of the dukes of Sabbioneta; younger son of Ludovico.
Bust of Francesco facing left wearing cape, bareheaded; around, IOHANNES FRANCISCVS . GONZ .
Plain (The original medal had a reverse featuring Minerva and Mars with a trophy, not held)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
40 mm (Outside Diameter)
King's Library No.49 (obverse only)
[Book] Keary, C F. 1881. Guide to the Italian medals exhibited in the King's library., 25 Pages