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Portrait medal of 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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 960
Giovanni Gioviano Pontano was a humanist and prolific writer in Latin. He was also an educator at the royal house of Aragon in Naples, where he served as tutor to Ferdinand II and secretary to his mother, Ippolita Sforza. Pontano later turned against his Aragonese patrons in writings endorsing their enemy, Louis XII of France.
The medal's reverse shows the personifcation of Urania holding a lyre and a starry globe, an allusion to a poem by Pontano.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: · IOANNES· IOVIANVS· PONTANVS;
inscribed on the reverse: VRANIA
Robert Lehman, New York
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