Artist Giovanni Antonio Santarelli (Italian, 1758–1826)
Mint: Florence, Italy
Diameter and weight: 55 mm, 105 gm (2 3/16 in., 3.7 oz.)
Medium or Technique
Metal; bronze (with brown patina)
Not On View
Circular medal commissioned by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany as the Accademia di Belle Arti’s triennial prize for sculpture.
Obverse: Profile bust of Michaelangelo looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “MICHAEL PIU CHE MORTAL ANGEL DIVINO.” and under bust “SANTARELLI F”.
Reverse: Interlocking design of three circles made of foliate forms (also found on Michaelangelo’s tomb monument); inscribed at edge “LEVAN DI TERRA AL CIEL NOSTR INTELLITTO” and “MDCCCXII”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "MICHAEL PIU CHE MORTAL ANGEL DIVINO." and under bust "SANTARELLI F".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "LEVAN DI TERRA AL CIEL NOSTR INTELLITTO" and "MDCCCXII".
By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)
Gift of Henry H. Fay