Follower of Filarete (Antonio di Pietro Averlino) (Italian, Florence ca. 1400–ca. 1469 Rome)
model ca. 1474 (possibly cast 19th or 20th century)
Bronze (Copper alloy with brown to green patina with traces of black wax).
Diam. 11.2 cm, wt. 513.38 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse bears a portrait of Federigo da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino (1422 – 1482). On the reverse are five putti bearing a shield on which rest a globe, two cornucopias, and an eagle with the Montefeltro arms. The medal commemorates Federigo’s election as knight of the Garter in 1474. The medal has been attributed to Pietro Torrigiani (1472 – 1528) on account of similarities with the bronze portrait medallion of Sir Thomas Lovell in Westminster Abbey, London. However, the poor Gothic lettering suggests an artist who was not familiar with this kind of script and argues against Torrigiani’s involvement. This late aftercast may be from the nineteenth or twentieth century.
Inscription: Inscribed in Gothic script on the obverse: HONY· SOYT· QY· MAL· Y· PENSE; inscribed on the reverse: FE[dericus] DVX
Artist: Pisanello (Antonio Pisano) (Italian, Pisa or Verona by 1395–1455)Date: ca. 1449–50Medium: Bronze (copper alloy with warm brown patina under a worn layer of black wax)Accession: 1975.1.1301On view in:Gallery 960
Artist: Pisanello (Antonio Pisano) (Italian, Pisa or Verona by 1395–1455)Date: model 1447 (old aftercast)Medium: Bronze (copper alloy with warm brown patina under a worn layer of black wax)Accession: 1975.1.1307On view in:Gallery 960
Artist: Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, Verona ca. 1420–after 1467 Rimini)Date: model 1446 or later (possibly cast 16th century)Medium: Bronze (copper alloy with a brown patina under a worn layer of dark brown wax)Accession: 1975.1.1284On view in:Gallery 960