Summary

Copy of a medal of Cesare Gonzaga, Duke of Malfetta and Ariano. The original medal, by Pietro Paolo Galeotto, was made in about 1553. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,MantM.23) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 255 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.

Cesare was Count of Amalfi, Duke of Ariano, Prince of Molfetta and Count of Guastalla . On 21 May 1558 he was appointed commander-in-chief of the troops in Lombardy by Philip II.

Obverse Description

Bust of Cesare facing left, bearded, wearing an ornamented cuirass with a lion's head on the shoulder and mantle; around, CAES . GONZ . PRIN . MALF . ARIANI . DVX . &c.; incuse on bust truncation the artist's signature, PPR

Reverse Description

Plain

Edge Description

Plain

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