Follower of Filarete (Antonio di Pietro Averlino) (Italian, Florence ca. 1400–ca. 1469 Rome)
model ca. 1474 (possibly cast 19th or 20th century)
Bronze (Copper alloy with brown to green patina with traces of black wax).
Diam. 11.2 cm, wt. 513.38 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse bears a portrait of Federigo da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino (1422 – 1482). On the reverse are five putti bearing a shield on which rest a globe, two cornucopias, and an eagle with the Montefeltro arms. The medal commemorates Federigo’s election as knight of the Garter in 1474. The medal has been attributed to Pietro Torrigiani (1472 – 1528) on account of similarities with the bronze portrait medallion of Sir Thomas Lovell in Westminster Abbey, London. However, the poor Gothic lettering suggests an artist who was not familiar with this kind of script and argues against Torrigiani’s involvement. This late aftercast may be from the nineteenth or twentieth century.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Inscribed in Gothic script on the obverse: HONY· SOYT· QY· MAL· Y· PENSE; inscribed on the reverse: FE[dericus] DVX
Artist:Workshop of Desiderio da Firenze (Italian, born Florence, active Padua, 1532–45) Date:ca. 1530Medium:Copper alloy with a reddish brown patina; the base and shell with a dark brown patina.Accession:1975.1.1395On view in:Gallery 958
Artist:Workshop of Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (Italian, active by 1496, died before 1543) Date:ca. 1520 or laterMedium:Indirect cast; copper alloy, dark brown with areas of black patina.Accession:1975.1.1393On view in:Gallery 958
Artist:Model, workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636) (?), Venice Date:17th century or laterMedium:Bronze, dark brown wax or lacquer patina.Accession:1975.1.1406On view in:Gallery 958
Artist:Model, workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636) (?), Venice Date:17th century or laterMedium:Bronze, dark brown wax or lacquer patina.Accession:1975.1.1405On view in:Gallery 958