Portrait medal of Scaramuccia Trivulzio (obverse); Prudence (reverse)
ca. 1517 (before 1527; old cast)
Bronze (copper alloy with a honeycolored
Diam. 5.6 cm, wt. 56.84 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This medal belongs to the Milanese School, known for uniformly high-quality work and the evident influence of such artists as Leone Leoni and Jacopo da Trezzo. The subtle modeling has produced a sympathetic characterization of a man described by contemporaries as pious and learned. Scaramuccia di Gianfermo Trivulzio became an advisor to King Louis XII of France and was named Cardinal of Saint Cyriaco under Pope Leo X. On the reverse, an allegorical figure of Prudence holds a mirror in her left hand and compasses in her right. The mirror symbolizes not vanity but the wise man’s capacity to see himself honestly, and the compasses represent measured judgment. The dragon at her feet stands for the serpent referred to in Matthew 10:16: "Be ye wise as serpents."
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: SCARAMVTIA· TRIVVL[tius]· CAR[dinalis]· COMEN[sis]· IO[annis]· FIRMI· PRIMI· F[ilius]; inscribed on the reverse: HAEC· SOLA·DOMINATVR
T. Whitcombe Greene, Bath;1 Henry
Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London,
27 July 1936, lot 113 (to [ John Hunt, London]).
Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the
Date: second half 16th century and second half 19th centuryMedium: Rock crystal, cut on the wheel, enameled gold, rubies, and reverse-painted and gilded glass (verre églomisé).Accession: 1975.1.1497On view in:Gallery 951
Artist: Jacometto (Jacometto Veneziano) (Italian, active Venice by ca. 1472–died before 1498)Date: ca. 1485–95Medium: Oil on wood; (verso: oil and gold on wood)Accession: 1975.1.85On view in:Gallery 953