Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
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Francesco Gnecchi and the "impronte ex Vaticane"

Sep 16, 2022, 9:40 AM
Old Library - Hall 115-116

Old Library - Hall 115-116


Daniela Williams (Austrian Academy of Sciences )


The "impronte ex Vaticane" are one of the sources given by Francesco Gnecchi (1847-1919) in his work on Roman Medallions (1912). With these words Gnecchi referred to a series of casts of ancient coins that he viewed at the beginning of the 20th century. He assumed that they all reproduced ancient coins kept in the Vatican collection before 1798. Research carried out on a similar set of casts recently discovered sheds light on the nature of the objects viewed by Gnecchi and shows that they reproduce coins from several collections and that they belong to one of the sets made by Filippo Aurelio Visconti between the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century.

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Daniela Williams (Austrian Academy of Sciences )

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