Alfonso V

Italian
Renaissance
1449
Artist Antonio Pisano (called Pisanello) (Italian, about 1395–1455)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 41. Kress 19.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 106 mm (4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.76

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Alfonso V, king of Aragon and Sicily (born 1385, king 1443-58).

Obverse: Profile bust of Alfonso V at center looking to proper left, wearing armor; at proper left is a crown with Roman numerials inscribed above and below; at proper right is a shield; inscribed at top “·DIVVS·ALPHONSVS·[R]EX”, above crown “M/·C·C·C·C”, below crown “XLVIIII”, and at bottom “·TRIVMPHATOR·ET/·PACIFICVS”.

Reverse: Eagle at center perched ontop of his prey, surrounded by a group of vultures looking to center; inscribed across field “LIBERALITAS/AVGVSTA” and below, heavily abraided [“PISANI·PICTORIS·OPVS”].

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at top "·DIVVS·ALPHONSVS·[R]EX", above crown "M/·C·C·C·C", below crown "XLVIIII", and at bottom "·TRIVMPHATOR·ET/·PACIFICVS".

Reverse: Inscribed across field "LIBERALITAS/AVGVSTA" and below, heavily abraided ["PISANI·PICTORIS·OPVS"].

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer