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Medal: Sixtus IV

Artist:
Lysippus the Younger (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1470–84)
Date:
1471
Medium:
Bronze (Copper alloy with warm brown patina and remnants of black wax or lacquer)
Dimensions:
Diam. 4.1 cm, wt. 36.38 g
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1279
Not on view
The obverse depicts Pope Sixtus IV (Francesco d’Albescola
della Rovere, 1414 – 1484; r. 1471 – 84), and the reverse
shows the seated Sixtus IV being crowned by Saint
Francis and Saint Anthony of Padua. The medal was
made upon the occasion of the election of the pope in
1471.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: SIXTVS· IIII· PONT[ifex]·
MAX[imus]· SACRI· CVLT[or]·; inscribed on the reverse:
+ HE[a]C DAMVS IN TERRIS·AETERNA DABVNTVR
OLIM[p]O
Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 27 July 1936, lot 78, including No. 74 (1975.1.1280) and four other medals (to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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