Lysippus the Younger (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1470–84)
Bronze (Copper alloy with warm brown patina and remnants of black wax or lacquer)
Diam. 4.1 cm, wt. 36.38 g
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
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.
Artist: Lysippus the Younger (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1470–84)Date: ca. 1475 (possibly cast early 16th century)Medium: Bronze (copper alloy with a warm brown patina)Accession: 1975.1.1281On view in:Gallery 960