Copy of a medal of the brothers Ludovico and Giovanni Paolo Podocatharo. The original medal, perhaps by Danese Cattaneo (attributed to Andrea Briosco in King's Gallery catalogue 1888 p.43), was made before 1532. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal, acquired by the British Museum (Reg. M.216) , was exhibited in the King's Library in 1881 and is No. 102 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.
There seems to be a problem with the identification of the brothers depicted on this medal. The King's Gallery catalogue equates Ludovico, on the obverse, with a Cardinal of that name from Cyprus but he died in August 1504 at which time the artist to whom the medal is attributed had not been born. The Podocartho (or Prodocator) were from Cyprus. The brothers depicted were probably from a different branch of the family.
Danese Cattaneo was an Italian sculptor and medallist, active mainly in the Veneto Region. Danese was Tuscan in origin, born in either Massa di Carrara or Colonnata in about 1512 and died in Padua in 1572.
Bust of Lodovico Podocataro facing right, bearded, wearing a curass, and a mantle secured at the right shoulder; around, LVDOVICVS PODOCATHAR
Bust of Giovanni Paolo Podocataro facing left, wearing a curass, and a mantle secured at the left shoulder; around, IO PAVLVS PODOCATHARVS FRATER
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
53 mm (Outside Diameter)
King's Library No.102
[Book] Keary, C F. 1881. Guide to the Italian medals exhibited in the King's library., 43 Pages