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Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sigismondo Malatesta as Captain of the Roman Church

Artist:
Medalist: Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, Verona ca. 1420–after 1467 Rimini)
Date:
1446
Culture:
Italian, Verona
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 41 mm
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 1931
Accession Number:
31.33.205
Not on view
Matteo's medals are among the finest of the early Italian Renaissance. A follower of Pisanello, he was also a manuscript illuminator, painter, and architect. Characterized by simple forms, precise modeling, and harmonious compositions, many of his portrait medals relate to his role as artist and advisor to the Malatesta court in Rimini.
Signature: Reverse in margin, above: O[pvs] • M[atai] • D[e] • P[asti] • V; below: • MCCCC / XLVI

Inscription: Obverse: in margin: SIGISMONDVS • P[andvlevs] • D[e] • MALATESTIS • S[anctae] • R[omanae] • ECLESIAE • C[apitanevs] • GENERALIS [trans.: Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Captain General of the Roman Church]
Gwynne M. Andrews (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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