CELLINI, Benvenuto
(b. 1500, Firenze, d. 1571, Firenze)

Cope pin (profile)

British Museum, London

Three later drawings in the British Museum by Francesco Bartoli (1675-1730) show the front and back, as well as the profile of the cope pin which Cellini designed for Pope Clement VII. The original of this jewel does not exist today, but Cellini described it in detail in his Autobiography. The design won Clement's favour and support as well as the desired appointment as superintendent of the dies at the Papal Mint.