Innocent XII: Charity
Artist Giovanni Hamerani (Italian (Roman), 1646–1705)
Diameter and weight: 31 mm (1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Metal; probably bronze
Not On View
Circular medal of Pope Innocent XII (Pope 1691-1700), his first annual medal showing the virtue charity with three pots, a play on his family name Pignatelli. Beaded rim on both faces.
Obverse: Profile bust of Innocent XII looking to proper left; signed under bust and inscribed at edge.
Reverse: Female personification of Charity standing at center, holding a child in proper left arm and flanked by a child at each side who both tip over a jar full of riches while a third jar rests at their feet; inscribed at edge.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "INNOCEN·XII·PONT·M·A·I" and under bust "HAMERA.".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "A·DEO·ET·PRO·DEO·".
By 1930, Malcolm Storer; 1930, gift of Malcolm Storer to MFA. (Accession Date: February 6, 1930)
Gift of Malcolm Storer