Caracalla, the young Emperor
Attributed to Giovanni di Pasqnalino Boldù (Italian (Venice), active 1454–1475, died before 1477)
Object Place: Italy
Hill 423. Kress 143.
Diameter and weight: 89 mm (3 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)
Circular medal of Caracalla, the young Emperor (AD 211-17). Piereced at top.
Obverse: Profile bust of Caracalla as youth looking to proper right, wearing a laurel crown; inscribed at edge “·ANTONINVS·PIVS·AVGVSTVS·”.
Reverse: Beaded rim at top for 3/4 of edge. Nude youth seated on rock at proper right hands over face looking to center and winged putto (genius of Death) at proper left seated on ground and leaning against skull at center, holding a flame; inscribed above “·IO·SON·FINE·” and below “·M·CCCC·LXVI·”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·ANTONINVS·PIVS·AVGVSTVS·".
Reverse: Inscribed above "·IO·SON·FINE·" and below "·M·CCCC·LXVI·".
By 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III; 1959, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to the MFA.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III