Copy of a medal of Cardinal Alessandro. The original medal, by Pastorino of Siena, was made in 1556. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal, acquired by the British Museum with the collection of George III (Reg. G3,VP.58 which is lead, not bronzed as this copy) , was exhibited in the King's Library in 1881 and is No. 266 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.

Alessandro Farnese (1520-1589), Italian cardinal and diplomat and patron of the arts. Grandson of Pope Paul III (who also bore the name Alessandro Farnese).

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Bust of the cardinal facing right in gown and wearing a square berretta; around, ALEXAN . CARD . FAR . S . R . E . CANCELL (Trans: Alessandro Farnese, cardinal and chancellor of the Holy roman Church); incuse on bust truncation, 1556 . . P .

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