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Cincinnatus at the Plough

Filarete (Antonio di Pietro Averlino) (Italian, Florence ca. 1400–ca. 1469 Rome)
mid-15th century
Italian, Rome
Overall (confirmed): H. 2 1/2 x W. 5 5/16 x D. 1/8 in. (6.4 x 13.6 x 0.4 cm)
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
Filarete was the earliest Renaissance maker of bronze plaquettes after his own designs, byproducts of his work on the bronze double door of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome (ca. 1433–45). The door's main reliefs have Christian subjects, but its borders contain figures and myths from classical antiquity. This energetic scene shows the reluctant Roman dictator Cincinnatus, who preferred the rewards of farming to the highest state honors. Only two other examples are known (Staatliche Münzsammlung, Berlin; and Musée du Louvre, Paris).
Inscription: Obverse: POSTRE MOARATO
His de la Salle , Paris (by 1886) ; Charles Ratton , Paris ; [ Alain Moatti ] ; Philippe Nicolier ; [ Alain Moatti ; sold to MMA ]
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