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Satirical Pope

Italian (Rome)
after 1600


Object Place: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 37 mm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.275

Medium or Technique

Metal; base metal

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

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”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "ECCLESIA PERVERSATENET FACIEM DIABOLI".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "STVLTI ALIOVANDO SAPIENTES".

Provenance

By 1888, Francis Brooks; 1888, gift of Francis Brooks to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 14, 1887)

Credit Line

Gift of Francis Brooks