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Medal: Scaramuccia Trivulzio

ca. 1517 (before 1527; old cast)
Italian, Milan
Bronze (Copper alloy with a honeycolored patina.)
Diam. 5.6 cm, wt. 56.84 g.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 1975.1.1253
Accession Number:
Not on view
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·
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 Oppenheimer sale.
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