Model for a Medal of Antonio de Ferraris (Il Galateo)
Attributed to Leone Leoni (Italian, Menaggio ca. 1509–1590 Milan)
Wax on slate.
Diam. 7.1 cm.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This is a rare surviving wax-on-slate model for a cast medal Although the subject has generally been identified as Antonio de Ferraris, a famous physician and writer in Lecce, Italy. The portrait was probably done from life and therefore likely represents a younger namesake, possibly a son. The reverse is blank.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: ANTONIVS GALATEVS
Henry Oppenheimer, London, by 1909;
Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936, lot 230
(to [ John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert
Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.