Frederick III (1413-1493), Holy Roman Emperor (1452)
Bertoldo di Giovanni (Italian, born Florence (?) ca. 1430–40, died 1491 Poggio a Caiano)
Medals and Plaquettes
Gift of Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ignazio Peluso, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso, 2010
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605
Obverse: The origins of the medal in Italy are associated with the 1438/9 visit of a Byzantine emperor. Here the 1469 portrait of another visiting emperor reminds the viewer that commemorative medals were to be associated with the bronze coins of Augustus and his successors. Reverse: Fifteenth-century medals were objects to be handled, turned over and passed from hand to hand rather than permanently displayed, and their two sides were not always aligned. This reverse scene of Frederick III creating knights on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo in Rome, as he did in January 1469, is seen upside down.
Inscription: Obv.: FREdERIGVS TERCIVS/AVGUSTVS ROMANORVM IMPERATOR SENPER. Rev.: CXXII EQVITE CREAT KALEN MCCCLLXIX.
Dieter Gorny , auction 70, November 19, 1994, lot 703 ; [ sale, Morton & Eden Ltd. , May 20, 2010, lot #377; sold to Peluso ] ; Assunta Sommella Peluso ; and Ada Peluso ; and Romano I. Peluso (in 2010; to MMA)