1547 Vatican Bronze Medal Pope Paul III Anno XVI Naked Ganymede By Il Greco
Description: A rare, restrike from original dies, papal states bronze medal with the image of the bust of Pope Paul III on the obverse. Paul III was pope in the period 1534-1549. The reverse shows the images of Ganymede naked, standing towards left resting one hand on eagle and watering lilies from a vase on his shoulder. A design attributed to Alessandro Cesati better known as Il Greco. A beautiful and fairly unusual artistic design for papal medals. The obverse shows the bust of the pope facing right with the inscription "PAVLVS.III.PONT.MAX.AN.XVI" along the edge surrounding the pontiff's bust. The reverse has a legend inn Greek lettering and the word EYPAINE in Greek lettering in exergue. An interesting and rare re-strike. The medal is nicely toned in a rich brown coloring with very nice eye appeal. The edge of the medal is plain and unmarked. This is a rare nice-looking medal, which would make a worthy addition to any collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Medal was most likely struck in the mid 1800s.
Origin: Vatican or Papal/Roman States.
Artist: Alessandro Cesati better known as Il Greco.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~28 grams, is ~40 millimeters in diameter, and ~3 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: Struck by the Mint of Rome.
Reference: Mazio 52 and Lincoln 498. The Museum Victoria in Melbourne Australia has an electro type copy in its collection Item NU37548.
Condition: For international buyers, please note that the new US postal rates for overseas shipping are very high and we are unable to change them. Additional charges will be incurred depending on the value of the item. Please check the cost of shipping before bidding. The medal is in extremely fine to about uncirculated or better condition. The medal shows minimum wear if any to the high point, some scratching and a minimum marking to the surface. These are minor and do not distract from the medal's beauty. The edge of the medal is plain and is unmarked. It would make a great addition to your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of the piece.
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