- Museum number
Cast gun-metal medal with an incuse reverse, pierced. (whole)
Bust of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, right, wearing a biretta and Cardinal's robes. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 88.50 millimetres (excluding rim)
Diameter: 93.000 millimetres
Weight: 50.47 grammes
Thickness: 1.30 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Jones 2
Composition of medal:
90% Cu, 2.3% Zn, 5.5% Sn, 2.2% Pb.
A fine, original cast. The field and parts of the portrait have been smoothed and polished. There is a crack in the metal running across the lower part of Barberini's face.
Maffeo Barberini (later Urban VIII) was well known at the French Court. Clement VIII sent him as Nuncio to compliment Henri IV on the birth of Louis in 1601 and from December 1604 he was again Nuncio in France, becoming a Cardinal with French support in September 1606 and returning to Rome in September 1607. He became Archbishop of Spoleto in October 1608 and was appointed Papal legate to Bologna in August 1611. Given his French connections, his reputation as a patron of the arts and Bologna's position on the way from Venice or Mantua to Florence, Barberini was a natural target for Dupré on his Italian journey.
(a) Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75084 Paris, France (BN, Paris), Armand-Valton, bronze, 91.5 mm (88 mm excluding rim).
(b) BN, Paris, Armand-Valton, bronze, 91 (88 mm excluding rim).
(c) BN, Paris, Armand-Valton, bronze, 91 mm (87 mm excluding rim).
(d) BN, Paris, Sér. It. Pers. no. 608, bronze, 92.5 mm (89 mm excluding rim).
(e) Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid, Spain, bronze, 90 mm. Paired with the portrait of Memmo.
(f) Musée des Beaux-Arts, Palais Saint-Pierre, Lyon, France, bronze, 89 mm.
(g) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, bronze, 92 mm.
(h) Dept. of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CM46-1967, bronze, aftercast.
(i) Civiche Raccolte Numismatiche, Milan, Italy, Brera, bronze, 92 mm. Aftercast from a mould taken from a pierced example.
(j) The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, inv. no. 138, bronze, 93 mm.
(k) Sammlung von Medaillen, Münzen und Geldzeichen, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
(l) National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, bronze, 91 mm.
1. T.N. Méd. Fr. II pl. 19 no. 4.
2. Mazerolle II no. 670.
3. Ludwig, Freiherr von Pastor History of the Popes vol. 28.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MF2 (Jones 2) (81) (40)