User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Satirical Pope

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...

Show Full Description


Obverse: Inscribed at edge "ECCLESIA PERVERSATENET FACIEM DIABOLI". Reverse: Inscribed at edge "STVLTI ALIOVANDO SAPIENTES".


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

Credit Line

Gift of Francis Brooks

Italian (Rome), after 1600

Object Place

Rome, Italy

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; base metal




Numismatics, Medals