Gianfrancesco Gonzaga I

Italian
Renaissance
1439–44 or later cast
Artist Antonio Pisano (called Pisanello) (Italian, about 1395–1455)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 20. Kress 2.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 95 mm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

87.75

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Gianfrancesco Gonzaga, marquess of Mantua (born 1395, marquess 1432-44). Probably a later impression from an original mold.

Obverse: Profile bust of Gian Francesco Gonzaga looking to proper right, wearing high headdress; inscribed above “CAPIT·M[AXI·ARMI]GERORVM.”, across field “IOHANESFR ANCICVS·/·DE·GONZAGA·”, and below “PRIMVS·MARCHIO·MANTVE”.

Reverse: Marquess on horseback looking to proper right, wearing armor with mounted page seen from behind; inscribed above “OPVS·/PISANI/PICTO/RI/S·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed above "CAPIT·M[AXI·ARMI]GERORVM.", across field "IOHANESFR ANCICVS·/·DE·GONZAGA·", and below "PRIMVS·MARCHIO·MANTVE".

Reverse: Signed above "OPVS·/PISANI/PICTO/RI/S·".

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer