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Giovanni Bentivoglio II

Circular medal of Giovanni Bentivoglio II, lord of Bologna (1443-1508). Obverse: Profile bust of Giovanni Bentivoglio II looking to proper left, wearing a tall round cap with edge turned up all round, long hair, and armor over mail and inscribed at edge "[flower] IO·BENT·II·HANIB [line abve...

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Obverse: Inscribed at edge "[flower] IO·BENT·II·HANIB [line abve "A" and "B"]. FILIVS·EQVES·AC·COMES·PATRIAE ["A" and "E" elisioned together]·PRINCEPS·AC·LIBERTATIS·COLVMEN ["M" and "E" elisioned together]" ["Giovanni II Bentivoglio, son of Annibale, knight and count, first of his country and supporter of liberty"]. Reverse: Inscribed at edge "OPVS·SPERANDEI".


By 1887, Martin Brimmer; 1887, gift of Martin Brimmer to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer

Italian, Renaissance, about 1480–82

Place of Manufacture


Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 391. Kress 128.

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Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze




Numismatics, Medals