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Medal: Nicolo Piccinino

Artist:
Pisanello (Antonio Pisano) (Italian, Pisa or Verona by 1395–1455)
Date:
model 1440–41 (possibly cast 16th century)
Medium:
Copper alloy with reddish brown patina and traces of dark wax.
Dimensions:
Diam. 8.7 cm, wt. 255.97 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1304
Not on view
Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings, several paintings, and the devopment of the Renaissance portrait medal. Inspired by Roman coins, with their portraits of rulers and allegorical representations on the reverse, the medals commemorated individuals or events and functioned as gifts and mementoes. This medal depicts Nicolo Piccinino, a renowned mercenary soldier of Perugia, who was in the service of the Duke of Milan, Filipp Maria Visconti, in the years 1440-41, when this medal was produced. This aftercast possibly dates from the sixteenth century.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: NICOLAVS· PICININVS· VICECOMES·MARCHIO· CAPITANEVS· MAX[imus]· AC· MARS·ALTER; inscribed on the reverse: BRACCIVS· PISANI·P[ictoris]· OPVS· N[icolaus]· PICININVS, and PERVSIA on the collar of the griffin. The E in VICECOMES is damaged.
Robert Lehman, New York
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