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Medal of Architect Gianello della Torre
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Medal of Architect Gianello della Torre

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Description The Latin inscription, "IANELIUS.TURRIAN.CREMON.HOROLOG.ARCHITECT," along the edge of the medal indicates that Gianello (1500-1585) was a clockmaker and architect from the city of Cremona. One of his contemporaries described him as a "bull in human form," and his rough features in this medal reflect this characterization. A collector of timepieces would have been thrilled to have a portrait of a prominent clockmaker. This medal was produced before Jacopo da Trezzo left Milan (near Cremona) in 1555 for the Southern Netherlands to enter the service of King Philip II of Spain.
Provenance Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, by purchase; Sale, Paul Chevallier and Charles Mannheim, April 17, 1893, no. 91; Henry Walters, New York [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 2, 1941, no. 1260; Douglas Huntly Gordon, Baltimore, 1941, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by gift.
Credit Gift of Douglas H. Gordon [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941

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ca. 1550 (Early Modern)
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3 1/8 in. (8 cm) (w.)


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