Summary

Copy of a medal of Alfonso Gonzaga, Count of Novellara. The original medal, by Pastorino de' Pastorini (Pastorino of Siena), was made in 1575. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready.

The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,MantM.27) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 262 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.

Alfonso Gonzaga, younger brother of Caillo Gonzaga, count of Novellara. In 1567 he married Vittoria, daughter of Giantommaso, marquis of Torre di Francolese

Obverse Description

Bust of Alfonso Gonzaga facing right, bearded, wearing an ornamented cuirass, a ruff, and a mantle knotted at the back; around, ALFONSVS GONZAGA NOVELLARIE C0MES; incuse on bust truncation, . P .

Reverse Description

Plain

Edge Description

Plain

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