Self-portrait

Italian (Venice)
Renaissance
about 1458
Artist Giovanni di Pasqnalino Boldù (Italian (Venice), active 1454–1475, died before 1477)


Object Place: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 421. Kress 142.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

57.603

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze (85% copper and 8% tin with 3.7% lead and 2.6% zinc)

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Giovanni di Pasqnalino Boldù (self-portrait). Pierced at the top and beaded rim on both sides.

Obverse: Profile bust of Boldù as youth looking to proper right, wearing laureate crown; inscribed at edge in Greek [“Ioannis Boldù, painter of Venice”]. Pit below mouth.

Reverse: Nude youth seated on rock at proper right hands over face looking to center and winged putto (genius of Death) at proper left seated on ground and leaning against skull at center, holding a flame; inscribed at edge “·OPVS·IONS·BOLDV·PICTORIS·VENETVS·XOSRAFI·” and “·M·CCCC·LVIII·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge in Greek ["Ioannis Boldù, painter of Venice"].

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "·OPVS·IONS·BOLDV·PICTORIS·VENETVS·XOSRAFI·" and "·M·CCCC·LVIII·".

Provenance

By 1957, Dr. Wertheimer (Galerie Les Tourettes S.A., Bale, Switzerland); 1957, sold by Dr. Wertheimer to the MFA for $1,000. (Accession date: September 12, 1957)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour