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Model for a Medal of Antonio de Ferraris (Il Galateo)

Artist:
Attributed to Leone Leoni (Italian, Menaggio ca. 1509–1590 Milan)
Date:
ca. 1540
Medium:
Wax on slate.
Dimensions:
Diam. 7.1 cm.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1277
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 960
This is a rare surviving wax-on-slate model for a cast medal Although the subject has generally been identified as Antonio de Ferraris, a famous physician and writer in Lecce, Italy. The portrait was probably done from life and therefore likely represents a younger namesake, possibly a son. The reverse is blank.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse:
ANTONIVS GALATEVS
Henry Oppenheimer, London, by 1909; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936, lot 230 (to [ John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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