Antonio Vallisnieri

Nature and Curiosity

Bronze, 86.4 mm Ø
By Antonio Selvi, 1713.
Obverse:  Bust of Antonio Vallisnieri facing right, wearing long curly wig and draped cloak. Around, ANTONIVS · VALLISNERIVS · PVB · PRI · PAT · PRO . Under truncation, 1713 · .
Reverse:  Nature standing, at right, near table at which Curiosity sits, at left, containing insects, seeds, and fruits. Behind, arches and the arms of the Vallisnieri family on a pillar. At the sides and middle, various animals. Around, TANTVM · IN · MODICIS · QUANTVM · IN · MAXIMIS . In exergue, A · SELVI · F ·

Antonio Vallisnieri was born in 1661 in Trassilico. A physician and naturalist, Vallisnieri became professor of medicine and natural history at the University of Padua in 1700. He was a member of the Accademia dei Curiosi della Natura and performed research on insect reproduction. His discoveries were gathered in a work, Osservazioni e dissertazioni sulla fisica, la medicina e la stora naturale, which was published posthumously by his son in 1733. Vallisnieri died in 1730 in Padua.


Fritz Rudolf Künker 282, 28 September 2016, lot 4533 (Luc Smolderen collection).


Vannel and Toderi 1987, no. 142