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Sigismondo Malatesta as Captain of the Roman Church

Artist:
Medalist: Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, Verona ca. 1420–after 1467 Rimini)
Artist:
School of Veronese
Date:
1446
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 41 mm
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Gift of Ogden Mills, 1925
Accession Number:
25.142.40
Not on view
Matteo's medals are among the finest of the early Italian Renaissance. A follower of Pisanello, he was also a manuscript illuminator, painter, and architect. Characterized by simple forms, precise modeling, and harmonious compositions, many of his portrait medals relate to his role as artist and advisor to the Malatesta court in Rimini.
Inscription: Obverse: in margin: SIGISMONDVS • P[andvlevs] • D[e] • MALATESTIS • S[anctae] • R[omanae] • ECLESIAE • C[apitanevs] • GENERALIS • [trans.: Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Captain General of the Roman Church]

Reverse: in margin, above: O[pvs] • M[atei] • D[e] • P[asti] • V; below: • M • CCC / XLVI •
Fould ; Ogden Mills (until 1925; to MMA)
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