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Marco Benavides

Circular medal of Marco Benavides (1489-1582), a Paduan lawyer. Obverse: Profile bust of Marco Benavides looking to proper left; inscribed at edge "M·MANTVA BENAVIDIVS PAT·I·C·ET COMES". Reverse: Bull looking to proper right, resting in meadow; inscribed across field "FESSVS LAMPADA...

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Obverse: Inscribed at edge "M·MANTVA BENAVIDIVS PAT·I·C·ET COMES". Reverse: Inscribed across field "FESSVS LAMPADA TRADO" (Old and resigned I hand down the torch).


By 1968, Jean-Georges Rueff, Paris, France; 1968, sold by Jean-Georges Rueff, c/o M. Knoedler and Company, New York, New York, to the MFA. (Accession date: December 11, 1968)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Italian, Renaissance, about 1568

Object Place

Venice or Padua, Italy


Diameter: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze




Numismatics, Medals