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Portrait Medal of Pope Clement XIV Ganganelli

Artist: Filippo Cropanese (active 1756 - 1773) Primary
Date: 1774
18th century
Dimensions: 1.56 in. (3.95 cm)
Dimensions Extent: width = diameter
Object Type: Medal
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 2016
Accession Number: 2016.30.01
Not on view.

The obverse of the medal shows a portrait of Pope Clement XIV (1705-1774), accompanied by the Latin inscription CLEMENS XIV PONT[ifex] M[aximus] A[nno] VI, which identifies it as having been cast in the sixth year of the pope’s reign. Underneath the pope’s bust, the medallist added his signature, CROPANESE INC[isore].

The medal’s reverse shows a palm tree with the Latin motto FRUCTUM ATTULIT IN PATIENTIA (fruit brought forth in patience), with the date MCCLXXIV. The motto is derived from the Parable of the Sower in the Gospel of Luke, 8:15: “the seed fell upon the good ground, and fruit was brought forth with patience.” The medal was cast to commemorate Clement XIV’s suppression of the Jesuit order in 1773; the suppression would not be lifted until 1814.

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