Summary

Copy of a medal of Bianca Cappello. The original medal, by Pastorino de' Pastorini (Pastorino of Siena), was made in 1572. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,TuscM.149) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 231 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. The original medal is in cast lead, this electrotype has been copper plated and toned.

Bianca Cappello was the second wife of Francesco I de' Medici, grand Duke of Tuscany.

Obverse Description

Bust of Bianca right head facing, in low cut, richly ornamented dress wearing a pearl necklace; a coronet on head; around, BIANCHA CAPP . MED . MAG . DVC . ETRVRIAE; incuse on bust truncation, 1572 . P .

Reverse Description

Plain

Edge Description

Plain

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