Copy of a postumous medal of Ludovico Ariosto. The original medal, by Pastorino de'Pastorini was made in about 1550. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal perhaps from the BM collection (Reg: M.187) but both the image provded by the museum, which seems to match Reg: 1906,1103.992, and the 1881 catalogue description which states "Bronze" not Bronze Gilt Chased as M.187. It was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 145 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype as produced in association with that exhibition and publication and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the late 1880s.

Ludovico Ariosto was an Italian poet. He is best known as the author of the romance epic Orlando Furioso (1516).

Obverse Description

Laureate bust of Ludovico facing left, in tunic open at the neck; around, LVDOVICVS ARIOST POET; incuse on bust truncation, . P .

Reverse Description

not held (Bees driven from a hive by fire; around, PRO BONO MALVM)

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