Copy of a medal of Giovanni de' Medici. The original medal was made in about 1546 by Danese Cattaneo. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,TuscM.162) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 166 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.
Giovanni was a condottiero, or mercenary military captain, in the employ of Pope Leo X (Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici). The medal was made after his death, the reverse describing him as the "thunderbolt of war".
Bust of Giovanni facing left, bearded, wearing a cuirass and a mantle secured at the left shoulder; around, GIOVANNI DE MEDICI
A thunderbolt emerging from a cloud; around, FOLGORE DI GVERRA . (translation: Thunderbolt of War)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
57 mm (Outside Diameter)
King's Library No.166 Kress 419a
[Book] Keary, C F. 1881. Guide to the Italian medals exhibited in the King's library., 53 Pages
[Book] Hill, George W. & Pollard, Graham. 1967. Renaissance Medals from the Samuel H. Kress Collection., 79 Pages