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Ippolita di Ferdinando Gonzaga (1535–1563) at the age of 16

Artist:
Medalist: Leone Leoni (Italian, Menaggio ca. 1509–1590 Milan)
Date:
1551–52
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Bronze, cast
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 5/8 in. (67 mm.)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 1931
Accession Number:
31.33.17
Not on view
This portrait shows Ippolita, one of the most beautiful and accomplished women of her day, at the age of sixteen.
Signature: Obverse: (in inner arc, to right, in Greek) Leone, the Aretine

Inscription: Obverse: (in margin) HYPPOLYTA•GONZAGA•FERDINANDI•FIL[ia]•AN[no]•XVI• (Ippolita Gonzaga, daughter of Ferdinando [at the age of] 16); reverse: (in margin) PAR•VBIQ[ue]•POTESTAS• (powerful alike in both worlds)
Gwynne M. Andrews (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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