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Medal: Benedetto de Pasti

Artist:
Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, Verona ca. 1420–after 1467 Rimini)
Date:
model ca. 1453–56 (possibly cast 16th century)
Medium:
Copper alloy with brown to reddish patina under a layer of black wax.
Dimensions:
Diam. 9 cm, wt. 192.32 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1287
Not on view
Matteo de' Pasti was an Italian medallist, architect, painter, and illuminator. The obverse presents a portrait of Benedetto de’ Pasti,
canon of Verona and brother of the medalist, and the reverse shows an archer shooting arrows at a rock. This medal has been assigned to Matteo’s mature phase and dated to about 1453 – 56. The piece is probably an old aftercast, possibly from the sixteenth century.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: BENEDICTVS DE PASTIS C(anon) V(eronensis);
inscribed on the reverse: MATTHEVS· DE PASTIS
Bronson Winthrop, New York; Winthrop sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 20 January 1945, lot 258 (for $50). Acquired by Robert Lehman from the Winthrop sale.
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