Caracalla, the young Emperor

Italian
Renaissance
1466
Attributed to Giovanni di Pasqnalino Boldù (Italian (Venice), active 1454–1475, died before 1477)


Object Place: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 423. Kress 143.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 89 mm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

59.557

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

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·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·ANTONINVS·PIVS·AVGVSTVS·".

Reverse: Inscribed above "·IO·SON·FINE·" and below "·M·CCCC·LXVI·".

Provenance

By 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III; 1959, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III