Adriano Fiorentino (Adriano di Giovanni de' Maestri) (Italian, Florence (?) born ca. 1450–60, died 1499 Florence)
model last quarter 15th century (cast 16th century)
Bronze (Copper alloy with brown patina and remnants of black lacquer or wax).
Diam. 8.4 cm, wt. 219.38 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse presents a portrait all’antica of Giovanni Gioviano Pontano. On the reverse is a personification of Urania holding a lyre and a starry globe. Giovanni Pontano (1426 – 1503) was a humanist man of letters and secretary to King Alfonso I of Naples. The reverse shows the muse of astronomy and alludes to Pontano’s poem Urania. The piece is probably a sixteenth- century aftercast.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: · IOANNES· IOVIANVS· PONTANVS; inscribed on the reverse: VRANIA
Artist: Medalist: Adriano Fiorentino (Adriano di Giovanni de' Maestri) (Italian, Florence (?) born ca. 1450–60, died 1499 Florence)Date: 15th centuryMedium: LeadAccession: 11.76.2On view in:Not on view
Artist: Model, workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636)Date: 17th century or laterMedium: Bronze, dark brown wax or lacquer patina.Accession: 1975.1.1405On view in:Gallery 958