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Leonello d'Este

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


Object Place: Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 27. Kress 7.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 67 mm, 160 gm (2 5/8 in., 5.64 oz.)

Accession Number

27.820

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

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

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 1927, Mrs. Albert T. Leatherbee; 1927, gift of Mrs. Albert T. Leatherbee to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 8, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert T. Leatherbee