Leonello d'Este

Italian
Renaissance
about 1440–50
Artist Antonio Pisano (called Pisanello) (Italian, about 1395–1455)


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 27. Kress 7.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 70 mm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

57.174

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze (90% copper, 5% zinc, 4% tin)

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Leonello d’Este (born 1407, marquess of Ferrara 1441-50). Pierced at top.

Obverse: Profile bust of Leonello d’Este looking to the proper right; inscribed at edge “MARCHIO ESTENSIS LEONELLVS” [words separated by olive branches between].

Reverse: Two nude figures, aged and young, holding baskets of olive branches above and flanked by rain clouds over covered vessels (Isaiah XIV.3); inscribed at edge “OPVS·PISANI·PICTORIS”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "MARCHIO ESTENSIS LEONELLVS" [words separated by olive branches between].

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "OPVS·PISANI·PICTORIS".

Provenance

By 1957, Mark M. Salton; 1957, sold by Mark M. Salton and bought by the MFA for $1,800. (Accession date: March 14, 1957)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour