Object Place: Rome, Italy
Diameter and weight: 37 mm (1 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Metal; base metal
Not On View
Circular medal of probably Pope Alexander VI and Martin Luther.
Obverse: Profile bust of Alexander VI looking to proper right, wearing a three-tiered tiara that when rotated 180 degrees turns into profile bust of demon looking to porper left with long hair and horns; inscribed in band at edge “ECCLESIA PERVERSATENET FACIEM DIABOLI”.
Reverse: Profile bust of Martin Luther looking to proper right, wearing a broad brimmed hat that when rotated 180 degrees turns into a profile bust of a jester looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “STVLTI ALIOVANDO SAPIENTES”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "ECCLESIA PERVERSATENET FACIEM DIABOLI".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "STVLTI ALIOVANDO SAPIENTES".
By 1888, Francis Brooks; 1888, gift of Francis Brooks to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 14, 1887)
Gift of Francis Brooks