Pope Innocent XII (obverse); Pelican Piercing its Breast (reverse)

Beatrice Hamerani, Italian, 1677 - 1704




Diameter: 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)

Weight: 161 g (0.4 lb.)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Museum purchase with support from the Estate of Wallace D. Bradway, Class of 1947



Place Made: Rome, Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


European History

Decorative Arts

On view


Obverse: Innocen – XII – PONT – OPT- MAX – A-III (circumference). Beatrix Hamerana (bottom left) Reverse: SINVM - SVVM - APERVIT – EGENIS (upper circumference). 1694 (pedestal)

Exhibition History

Roma Resurgens: Papal Medals from the Age of the Baroque, exhibition held at Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, 4 March–26 April 1981, David and Alfred Smart Gallery, the University of Chicago, 1 July–9 August 1981, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, 22 August–11 October 1981.

Living with Sculpture: Presence and Power in Europe, 1400–1750, Citrin Family Gallery and Engles Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 23, 2024–March 22, 2025.

Publication History

Nathan Whitman in collaboration with John Varriano, Roma Resurgens: Papal Medals from the Age of the Baroque, exh. cat. (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1981), no, 141. John Varriano, "Some Documentary Evidence on the Restriking of Early Papal Medals," Musuem Notes (American Numismatic Society 26 (1981): 215–23. Filippo Buonanni, Numismata pontificum romanorum, quæ à tempore Martini v. usque ad annum (Rome 1699), vol. 2: 831 no. xiii. W.S. Lincoln & Son, A Descriptive catalogue of papal medals (London, 1890), 82 no. 1545.


Michael Hall (1926-2020) sale Baldwin’s, Auction 66: The Michael Hall Collection: Medallic Portraits from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century (Part Two), London, June 29, 2010, lot 1204; Robin Halwas, London, England; sold to present collection, 2022.

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