Saint John the Baptist

Possibly Antonio Pollaiuolo Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500

Hat badges, or enseignes, widely worn by fashion-conscious Renaissance men, were often emblematic in subject. The patron saint of Florence is depicted on this one. Tiny metal loops are attached to the reverse so that the badge could be sewn to the hat.

Saint John the Baptist, Possibly Antonio Pollaiuolo (Italian, Florence ca. 1432–1498 Rome), Partly enameled gold set with diamonds and pearls, Italian, Florence

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