Possibly Antonio Pollaiuolo (Italian, Florence ca. 1432–1498 Rome)
probably ca. 1460–80
Partly enameled gold set with diamonds and pearls
Diameter: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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)
Artist: Antonio Pollaiuolo (Italian, Florence ca. 1432–1498 Rome)Date: early to mid 1480sMedium: Pen and brown ink, light and dark brown wash; outlines of the horse and rider pricked for transfer.Accession: 1975.1.410On view in:Not on view