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Medal: Federigo da Montefeltro

Artist:
Follower of Filarete (Antonio di Pietro Averlino) (Italian, Florence ca. 1400–ca. 1469 Rome)
Date:
model ca. 1474 (possibly cast 19th or 20th century)
Medium:
Bronze (Copper alloy with brown to green patina with traces of black wax).
Dimensions:
Diam. 11.2 cm, wt. 513.38 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1270
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
Robert Lehman, New York
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