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Pius IX: Reconstruction of Saint Paul's Basilica

Italian (Rome)
1869
Artist Ignazio Bianchi (Italian, active 1848–1869)


Mint: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 83 mm, 273.7 gm (3 1/4 in., 9.65 oz.)

Accession Number

RES.23.175

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878), commemorating the reconstruction of Saint Paul’s Basilica (1854).

Obverse: Profile bust of Pius IX looking to proper right, wearing cap and lowered hood with floral linework pattern at edge; inscribed at edge “PIVS·IX·PONT·MAX·” and under bust “I·BIANCH·S·”.

Reverse: Interior view of Vatican down multi-bayed nave with ciborium over cathedra at end; inscribed at edge “[flower] PROSPECTVS·INTERIOR·BASILICAE·VATICANAE·DEO·SACRAE·IN·HONOREM·BEATI·PETRI·PR·AP·” and in exergue “I·EQ·BIANCHI·DELIN·ET·SCVL·/AN·MDCCCLXIX/–·–”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "PIVS·IX·PONT·MAX·" and under bust "I·BIANCH·S·".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "[flower] PROSPECTVS·INTERIOR·BASILICAE·VATICANAE·DEO·SACRAE·IN·HONOREM·BEATI·PETRI·PR·AP·" and in exergue "I·EQ·BIANCHI·DELIN·ET·SCVL·/AN·MDCCCLXIX/--·--".

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