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Medal: Giovanni Giovano Pontano

Artist:
Adriano Fiorentino (Adriano di Giovanni de' Maestri) (Italian, Florence (?) born ca. 1450–60, died 1499 Florence)
Date:
model last quarter 15th century (cast 16th century)
Medium:
Bronze (Copper alloy with brown patina and remnants of black lacquer or wax).
Dimensions:
Diam. 8.4 cm, wt. 219.38 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1271
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
Robert Lehman, New York
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