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Clement XII: Façade of the Lateran Basilica

Italian (Rome)
1733
Artist Ottone Hamerani (Italian (Roman), 1694–1761)


Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 72 mm (2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.23.168

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Pope Clement XII (1652-1740), commemorating the building compaign at the Lateran Basilica (1733-1735). A visible flaw in casting on reverse.

Obverse: Profile bust of Pope Clement looking to proper left and giving a blessing with his proper right hand; inscribed at edge “CLEMENS·XII PONT·MAX·AN·III” and on bust “OTTO·HAMERANI·F·”.

Reverse: Façade of Lateran Basilica; inscribed above “ADORATE·DOMINVM·IN·ATRIO·SANCTO·EIVS”, on inscription plate “LATERAN·BASIL·PORTICVS”, and in exergue “MDCCXXXIII”, and below “ALEX [ ] ARCH INV” and at proper right of plate “O” and proper left of plate “H”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed on bust "OTTO·HAMERANI·F·" and at edge "CLEMENS·XII PONT·MAX·AN·III".

Reverse: Inscribed above "ADORATE·DOMINVM·IN·ATRIO·SANCTO·EIVS", on inscription plate "LATERAN·BASIL·PORTICVS", and in exergue "MDCCXXXIII", and below "ALEX [ ] ARCH INV" and at proper right of plate "O" and proper left of plate "H".

Provenance

1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow