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Lodovico Carbone

Italian
Renaissance
after 1464
Artist Sperandio of Mantua (Italian, 1425–28–died after 1504)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 360.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 86 mm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

87.68

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of the poet Lodovico Carbone of Ferrara. Pierced at top.

Obverse: Profile bust of Lodovico Carbone looking to proper left, crowned with a laureate wreath and wearing robe; inscribed at edge [pierced through “O”] “OR SETTV QVEL CARBONE QVELLA FONTE.” and under bust “OPVS SPERANDEI”.

Reverse: A frontal siren rises from waves, holding in each hand one of her two fish-tails in which her body ends. There is a rocky foreground with leafless tree to both the proper left and right; inscribed at edge “[pierced and abraided where rose and symbol should be] CHE SPANDI DI PARLAR SI LARGO FIVME” and above siren “·MVSIS GRATIISQVE VOLENTIBVS·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge [pierced through "O"] "OR SETTV QVEL CARBONE QVELLA FONTE." and under bust "OPVS SPERANDEI".

Reverse: Inscribe at edge "[pierced and abraided where rose and symbol should be] CHE SPANDI DI PARLAR SI LARGO FIVME" and above siren "·MVSIS GRATIISQVE VOLENTIBVS·".

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer