Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Saint John the Baptist

Maker:
Possibly Antonio Pollaiuolo (Italian, Florence ca. 1432–1498 Rome)
Date:
probably ca. 1460–80
Culture:
Italian, Florence
Medium:
Partly enameled gold set with diamonds and pearls
Dimensions:
Diameter: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.923
Not on view
Hat badges, or enseignes, widely worn by fashion-conscious Renaissance men, were often emblematic in subject. The patron saint of Florence is depicted on this one. Tiny metal loops are attached to the reverse so that the badge could be sewn to the hat.
Inscription: Inscribed on book, in black: I.N.R.I./P.N.O./I.R.I.
Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (by tradition) ; Piero de Medici (by tradition) ; Lorenzo the Magnificent ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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