Antonio Da Mula
Da Mula and Trevisan Shaking Hands
Antonio Da Mula (c. 1460-after 1539) was a a Venetian patrician who served in various important offices in the Venetian administration, including as a member of the Council of Ten. In 1536, he was appointed duke of the Kingdom of Candia and became responsible for the governance of Crete. In June 1538, with Captain Marcantonio Trevisan, he organized the defense of Candia against the threat from the Turkish pirate Barbarossa. Despite inadequate resources, the two were able to produce a sufficient show of force to frighten off the attacker. It is accepted that the reverse of this medal commemorates this occasion, with Da Mula and Trevisan shaking hands in fraternal concord. Trevisan would later be elected doge of Venice in 1553.
Illustrated in Voltolina 1998, vol. 1 p. 350 no. 302.
Fritz Rudolf Künker 247, 13 March 2014, lot 5226 (Georg Baums collection).