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Portrait medal of Giovanni Alvise Toscani

Artist:
Lysippus the Younger (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1470–84)
Date:
ca. 1475 (possibly cast early 16th century)
Medium:
Bronze (copper alloy with a warm brown patina)
Dimensions:
Diam. 7.3 cm, wt. 107.3 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1281
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 960
Milanese by birth, Giovanni Alvise Toscani was a lawyer, orator, and Latin poet. He began his career under Francesco I Sforza, Duke of Milan, before going to Rome in 1468, where he became advocate to the assembly of cardinals and auditor under Pope Sixtus IV. Lysippus made six medals of Toscani, indicating their close friendship; this example is the largest and finest.
The reverse contains a laudatory inscription surrounded by a laurel wreath: PREVENIT AETATEM INGENIVM PRECOX (His precocious genius runs ahead of his age).
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: IOHANNES
ALOISIVS TVSCANVS ADVOCATVS; inscribed on the
reverse: PREVENIT AETATEM INGENIVM PRECOX
Arthur Löbbecke, Braunschweig; Löbbecke sale, Emil & Jacob Hirsch, Munich, 26 November 1908, lot 54; Adalbert von Lanna, Prague; Lanna sale, Rudolph Lepke, Berlin, 13 – 15 May 1911, lot 93; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 27 July 1936, lot 76 (to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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