Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

Italian
Renaissance
about 1451–56
Artist Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, about 1420–after 1420)


Place of Manufacture: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 178. Kress 61.

Dimensions

Overall: 81 mm, 0.3 kg (3 3/16 in., 260 gm)

Accession Number

23.206

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, lord of Rimini and Fano (born 1417, lord of Rimini and Fano 1432-68). Pierced at top.

Obverse: Profile bust of Sigismondo Malatesta looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “SIGISMVNDVS·PANDVLFVS·DE·MALATESTIS·S·RO·ECLESIE·C·GENERALIS”.

Reverse: Female personification at center, crowned and wearing armor and holding a broken column across her body, seated on male elephant looking to proper right; inscribed below “*M·CCCC”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "SIGISMVNDVS·PANDVLFVS·DE·MALATESTIS·S·RO·ECLESIE·C·GENERALIS".

Reverse: Inscribed below "*M·CCCC".

Provenance

By 1875, C.C. Perkins, Boston; 1909, transferred from C.C. Perkins to Charles B. Perkins, Boston; 1923, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 5, 1923)

NOTES:
[1] MFA accession numbers 23.202-209 were acquired together for $1000.

Credit Line

Lucy Stone Brewer Fund