Copy of a medal depicting the painter Alessandro Ardenti. The original medal by Alfonso Ruspagiari was produced in the 16th century (before 1576). This uniface electrotype copy was made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. It is thought that this electrotype was produced in association with an exhibition of medals in the King's Library in 1881 and was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed probably in the late 1880s.This uniface electrotype is copper plated and toned. The original was a cast lead uniface medal from the collection of King George III in the British Museum collection (Reg. G3,IP.41)

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Bust of Alessandro seen from behind facing right, bearded, wearing drapery with a lion's head at the left shoulder and secured at the left and various straps, from one of which hangs a mask; the right arm is truncated; around, ALEX ARDENTIVS PICT EXIM (translation: Alessandro Ardenti, distinguished painter)

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