Copy of a medal of Gianfrancesco III Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua in two halves. The original medal was made before 1519 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. 50 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 III, fourth Marquis of Mantua (1484-1519).

Obverse Description

Bust of Gianfrancesco III facing right in ornamented cuirass, wearing close-fitting cap; around, D . FRANCISCVS . GON . D . FRED . III . M . MANTVAE . F . SPES . PVB . SALVSQ . P . REDIVI .

Reverse Description

Female figure standing, facing, head right, between water and fire, holding in right hand a staff with ears of com, and in left a basket above which, CAVTIVS; around, ADOLESCENTIAE AVGVSTAE; on exergue line., MELIOLVS . DICAVIT.

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