Alessandro Tartagna

Italian
Renaissance
15th century
Artist Sperandio of Mantua (Italian, 1425–28–died after 1504)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 381C. Kress 124.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 85 mm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

87.69

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal in high relief of Alessandro Tartagni of Imola.

Obverse: Profile bust of Alessandro Tartagni looking to proper right, wearing robe and headress with drapery folded over his head and falling down his back; inscribed at edge “[abraided flower] ALEXANDER·TARTAGNVS·IVRECONSVLTISSIMVS·AC·VERITATIS·INTERPRES” [“T” and first “E” are elisioned together; second “E” is superscript between “R” and “S”].

Reverse: A nude Mercury wearing a hat and winged boots sits on a sea monster or dragon which looks to the proper right. Mercury holds the dragon’s neck with his right hand and a caduceus with his left; inscribed at edge “VIGILANTIA·FLORVI·” [mark above “R” and “A”] and across field “OPVS SPERANDEI”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "[abraided flower] ALEXANDER·TARTAGNVS·IVRECONSVLTISSIMVS·AC·VERITATIS·INTERPRES" ["T" and first "E" are elisioned together; second "E" is superscript between "R" and "S"].

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "VIGILANTIA·FLORVI·" [mark above "R" and "A"] and across field "OPVS SPERANDEI".

Provenance

By 1887, Martin Brimmer; 1887, gift of Martin Brimmer to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer