Pontano was a leading humanist and statesman at the court of Naples and the "tutor" of Duke Alfonso of Calabria. He was a passionate student of ancient authors, trying to reconcile their goals with Christianity, and from 1471 led the Neapolitan Academy that later bore his name. Fittingly, the humanist is shown in antique garb. Adriano Fiorentino, the artist of the portrait, arrived in Naples in about 1488, working there until 1495. He also made a bronze bust of the humanist and a portrait medal.
Gaetano Pepe , Naples (until 1924; sold to Tozzi) ; [ Piero Tozzi , until 1991 ] ; [ sale, Sotheby's, New York , January 12, 1991, no. 34; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Medalist: Adriano Fiorentino (Adriano di Giovanni de' Maestri) (Italian, Florence (?) born ca. 1450–60, died 1499 Florence)Date: 15th centuryMedium: LeadAccession: 11.76.2On view in:Not on view
Artist: Adriano Fiorentino (Adriano di Giovanni de' Maestri) (Italian, Florence (?) born ca. 1450–60, died 1499 Florence)Date: model last quarter 15th century (cast 16th century)Medium: Bronze (Copper alloy with brown patina and remnants of black lacquer or wax).Accession: 1975.1.1271On view in:Not on view