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Pius IX: Reconstruction of Saint Paul's Basilica

Italian (Rome)
1854
Artist Ignazio Bianchi (Italian, active 1848–1869)


Mint: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 83 mm, 259.2 gm (3 1/4 in., 9.14 oz.)

Accession Number

RES.23.178

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; inscribed at edge in band “PIVS·IX·PONT·MAX·” and under bust “I·BIANCH F·”.

Reverse: Interior view of Saint Paul’s, looking down nave toward monument within an apse; inscribed at edge in band “[flower] PIVS·IX·P·M·BASILICAM·PAVLI·APOST·AB·INCENDIO·REFECTAM·SOLEMNI·RITV·CONSECRAVIT·IV·ID·DEC·MDCCCLIV”, on basilica’s floor “I·BIANCH·F·”, and in exergue “AL·POLETTI·ARCH·INV·”.

Inscription

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

Reverse: Inscribed at edge in band "[flower] PIVS·IX·P·M·BASILICAM·PAVLI·APOST·AB·INCENDIO·REFECTAM·SOLEMNI·RITV·CONSECRAVIT·IV·ID·DEC·MDCCCLIV" and on basilica's floor "I·BIANCH·F·", and in exergue "AL·POLETTI·ARCH·INV·".

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