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The Resurrection of the Dead and the Last Judgment (reverse); Portrait Medal of Filippo de' Medici, Archbishop of Pisa (obverse)

Artist:
Bertoldo di Giovanni (Italian, born Florence (?) ca. 1430–40, died 1491 Poggio a Caiano)
Date:
ca. 1468–69
Culture:
Italian, Florence
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 56 mm
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.166
Not on view
Filippo de’ Medici, a distant relation of Lorenzo the Magnificent, was Archbishop of Pisa from 1462 until his death in 1474. The portrait is the most sensitive among those by Bertoldo, an intimate of Lorenzo. The beautiful reverse has been said, surprisingly but accurately, to have influenced Michelangelo’s preliminary designs for his fresco in the Sistine Chapel.
Inscription: Obverse: inscribed on ribbon: VIRTUTE SUPERA [trans.: Overcome by means of virtue.]; in margin, at bottom within a tasseled cord from an archbishop's hat: PHVLIPPVS DE MEDICIS ARCHIEPISCHOPVS PISANVS

Reverse: at bottom: ET· IN · CARNE · MEA · VIDEBO / DEVM · SALVATOREM / MEVM [trans.: And in my flesh I will see God]
[ Blumka Gallery , New York, until 1974; sold to MMA ]
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