Francesco IV Gonzaga

French (Paris)
1654
Founder J. B. Keller (active in Paris, 1638–1702), Designed by Guillaume Dupré (French, 1574–1642)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Diameter: 16.3 cm (6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.643

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular uniface medal of Francesco IV Gonzaga, duke of Mantua. Beaded rim and pierced at top. Profile bust of Francesco looking to proper left, wearing armor, a high ruffled collar, and a badge of the Order of the Precious Blood of our Saviour; inscribed at edge “FRAN·III·D·G·DVX·MANTV·MONT·FER·III·AN·I·AET·XXVI·” and under bust “G·DVPRE·F·1612”.

Inscribed on back “J·B·KELLER·1654”.

Inscription

Inscribed at edge "FRAN·III·D·G·DVX·MANTV·MONT·FER·III·AN·I·AET·XXVI·" and under bust "G·DVPRE·F·1612".

On back: Inscribed "J·B·KELLER·1654".

Provenance

By 1971, consigned by J. Fischer to Heim Gallery, London; 1971, sold by Heim Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 8, 1971)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour