French Sculpture Census

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ARNAUD, Achille
active in Naples in the 1830s

Maker: Taglioni, Lorenzo

Rose des vents (revers)
Compass Rose (reverse)

c. 1830-1834

diam.: 1 5/8
around circumference: AD AMALPHIM NAT.AN.A.C.CI[reversed C]CCC SECVLO XIV EXCELLVIT
below compass rose: A.ARNAVD SCVLP.

Acc. No. : 1997.114.3.b
Credit Line : Gift of Lisa and Leonard Baskin

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, The National Gallery of Art


  • Leeds, MA, Lisa and Leonard Baskin
  • 1997, Gift of Lisa and Leonard Baskin to the National Gallery of Art, Washington


  • Museum's website, 15 August 2011
  • 2007 Pollard
    John Graham Pollard, Renaissance Medals. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, 2 vols, Washington, 2007, vol 2, n. 868, repr.

Related Works

See also the obverse of the medal: Flavius Gioia (the inventor of the mariner's compass, Naples, born c. 1300), by Vicenzo Catenacci, medal, obverse, struck by L. Taglioni, 1997.114.3.a.

Comment, 19 January 2012: There was a series of medals by the Mint of Naples between 1830 and 1834. The idea of coinage was thanks to Lorenzo Taglioni (Neapolitan citizen, button manufacturer), who decided to dedicate 120 medals to as many distinguished men born in the Kingdom of the Two siciles; only 17 medals have so far been coined.