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Giovanni Bentivoglio II

Italian
Renaissance
about 1480–82
Artist Sperandio of Mantua (Italian, 1425–28–died after 1504)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 391. Kress 128.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 91 mm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.79

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Giovanni Bentivoglio II, lord of Bologna (1443-1508).

Obverse: Profile bust of Giovanni Bentivoglio II looking to proper left, wearing a tall round cap with edge turned up all round, long hair, and armor over mail and inscribed at edge “[flower] IO·BENT·II·HANIB [line abve “A” and “B”]. FILIVS·EQVES·AC·COMES·PATRIAE [“A” and “E” elisioned together]·PRINCEPS·AC·LIBERTATIS·COLVMEN [“M” and “E” elisioned together]”.

Reverse: Giovanni in armor, wearing a similar cap as on obverse, sword at side, riding to proper right on horse; behind him, is a mounted squire seen from the front, with tall crest of globe and plumes on his helmet, holding lance in his right hand; inscribed at edge “OPVS·SPERANDEI”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "[flower] IO·BENT·II·HANIB [line abve "A" and "B"]. FILIVS·EQVES·AC·COMES·PATRIAE ["A" and "E" elisioned together]·PRINCEPS·AC·LIBERTATIS·COLVMEN ["M" and "E" elisioned together]" ["Giovanni II Bentivoglio, son of Annibale, knight and count, first of his country and supporter of liberty"].

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "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