The obverse presents a portrait of Scaramuccia Trivulzio (died 1527), count of Melzo, bishop of Como (until January 1518), and cardinal of San Cyriaco (from July 1517); the reverse shows Prudentia holding a mirror and dividers, with a dragon at her feet. This fine old cast bears the corrected word COMEN for COMENsis instead of COMIH, as on an earlier version.The medal has been attributed to an unknown Milanese medalist working in the middle of the sixteenth century. It has been grouped with a number of stylistically related works under the name of Master of Cardinal Bembo, produced in Milan or Venice. Close similarities with the style of Leone Leoni and the identities of most of the sitters on these medals strongly point to a Milanese origin for this anonymous medalist.
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