Copy of a medal bearing a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585). The original medal, by Gianfederico Bonzagna, was struck in 1572. This two piece electrotype copy was made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 327 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype (possibly from BMC Reg: M.1384) 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 two sided struck bronze the electrotype copper plated and toned.

Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar.

Obverse Description

Bust of Gregory XIII facing left in cape and skull-cap; around, . GREGORIVS . XIII . PONT . MAX . AN . I; below bust, . F . P .

Reverse Description

The Massacre of the Huguenots, a destroying angel advancing right holding sword and cross; men and women dead, wounded, and flying before her; around, . VGONOTTORVM . STRAGES . 1572.

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