Francesco Francia (Italian, Bologna ca. 1447–1517 Bologna)
Bronze (Copper alloy with a honey-colored
Diam. 6 cm, wt. 72.9 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse bears a portrait of Cardinal Francesco degl’Alidossi (died 1511), cardinal legate of Bologna and Romagna; the reverse shows Jupiter in a chariot drawn by two eagles. In the exergue are the symbols of Pisces and Sagittarius, the astrological signs of the planet Jupiter. This is the only medal securely attributed to the Bolognese artist Francesco Francia; it was possibly cast to commemorate Alidossi’s election as cardinal of Pavia in 1505 or his election as legate to Bologna and Romagna in 1508/9. In 1510 he was appointed bishop of Bologna.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: · ALIDOXIVS· CAR[dinalis]· PAPIEN[sis]· BON[oniae]· ROMANDIOLAE· Q[ue] C· LEGAT· FR; inscribed on the reverse: HISAVIBVS CVRRVQ[ue] CITO DVCERIS AD ASTRA
Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer
sale, Christie’s, London, 27 July 1936, lot 67, including
No. 98 (1975.1.1275) and another medal (to [ John
Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt
from the Oppenheimer sale.
Artist: Follower of Francesco Francia (Italian, Bologna ca. 1447–1517 Bologna)Date: ca. 1520 (possibly cast seventeenth century)Medium: Bronze (Copper alloy with an olive
green to brown patina.)Accession: 1975.1.1275On view in:Not on view