Isotta degli Atti

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


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 167. Kress 59.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 85 mm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.207

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. Loss above probably due to flawed piercing.

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·[symbol]”.

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

Inscription

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

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

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