Obverse Bust to right, a portrait of Antonio Pignatelli, Pope Innocent XII (1691-1700), bearded, wearing cassock, cap, and stole. Around, INNOCEN . XII . PONT . MAX; below truncation, HAMERANUS . Reeded border. Reverse Virgin Mary to front, standing behind a parapet, her right arm around the infant Christ who stands to front on parapet, his right hand raised in benediction Around, SVB TVVM PRÆSIDIVM, the Pignatelli insignia and date 1699 centred beneath. Reeded border.
A superb original striking in silver. This medal commemorates Giuseppe Conti’s “Virgin and Child” mosaic in the clock tower of the papal palace on the Quirinal, begun by Conti during the summer of 1697 and completed on 28 June 1698. The design of the mosaic is derived from a bozzetto in oils by Carlo Maratti (Musei Vaticani, Inv. 40397); an engraving published in 1698 to commemorate completion of the mosaic may have been Hamerani’s model.