Francesco Redi

Italian
1684
Artist Massimiliano Soldani (Italian, 1658–1740)


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

66.884

Medium or Technique

Metal; black bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Franceco Redi (1626-98), court physcician of the Medici. Pierced at top and molded rim.

Obverse: Profile bust of Francesco Redi looking to proper left, with long curly hair; inscribed at edge “FRANCISCVS·REDI·PATRITIVS·ARETINVS·” and below “M·SOLD·1684”.

Reverse: Half-nude woman (probably Artemis) with many breasts at proper right, leaning against pedestal with snake and Medusa head, stag’s head behind. Standing Athena at proper left, wearing helmet and armor, unveiling half-nude woman with her left hand and holding spear in her right hand; all before Doric temple (Temple of Health); inscribed on temple’s frieze “SALVTI” and in exergue “M·SOLDANVS·F”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "FRANCISCVS·REDI·PATRITIVS·ARETINVS·" and below "M·SOLD·1684".

Reverse: Inscribed on temple's frieze "SALVTI" and in exergue "M·SOLDANVS·F".

Provenance

1966, sold by Jean Georges Rueff, Paris, to Heim Gallery, London; 1966, sold by Heim Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 1966)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour