Portrait medal of Cornelia Siciliana by Pastorino Pastorini

This bronze medal, one of three bequeathed to the British Museum is from the S.


Diameter: 3.5 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Henry Van den Bergh through The Art Fund

Pozzi collection. The medal depicts an unknown sitter called Cornelia Siciliana. The reverse of the medal shows the female figure of Truth lifting her veil and is inscribed 'INTER O(N)NES VERITAS' ('Truth among all'). Medals with no direct reference to men with only name and location for description would suggest that these women represented local beauties or belles, courtesans or professional models. Between 1909-1927 Dutch industrialist Henry van den Bergh bestowed at least thirty six pieces to the nation which included this medal, Persian pottery, Dutch tiles, etchings by Rembrandt and drawings by Romney and Corot.


Collection of S Pozzi.

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