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Isotta degli Atti

Italian
Renaissance
about 1450
Artist Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, about 1420–after 1420)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 167. Kress 59.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 82 mm, 251.9 gm (3 1/4 in., 8.89 oz.)

Accession Number

87.82

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Isotta degli Atti of Rimini (born 1432/33-1474), mistress and then third wife of Sigismondo Malatesta.

Obverse: Profile bust of Isotta Degli Atti looking to proper left, wearing veil over hair; inscribed at edge “·ISOTA·ARIMINENSI·FORMA·ET·VIRTVTE·ITALIE·DECORI·” [“To Isotta of Rimini, the ornament of Italy for beauty and virtue”].

Reverse: Male elephant looking to proper left; inscribed above “OPVS·MATHEI·DE·PASTIS·[symbol]” and below “·M·CCCC·XLVI·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·ISOTA·ARIMINENSI·FORMA·ET·VIRTVTE·ITALIE·DECORI·" ["To Isotta of Rimini, the ornament of Italy for beauty and virtue"].

Reverse: Inscribed above "OPVS·MATHEI·DE·PASTIS·[symbol]" and below "·M·CCCC·XLVI·".

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer