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Lorenzo de' Medici, 'il Magnifico' (1448–1492)

Maker:
Medalist: Niccolò Fiorentino (Niccolò di Forzore Spinelli) (Italian, Florence 1430–1514 Florence)
Date:
ca. 1490
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Ann and George Blumenthal Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.58.4
Not on view
Born into a family of Florentine goldsmiths, Niccolò ranks among the leading portrait medalists of the Italian Renaissance. Working in high relief, he created effigies that are bolder in scale, more varied, and more bluntly realistic than anything produced earlier.
Inscription: Obverse: • MAGNVS • LAVRENTIVS • MEDICES •

Reverse: • TVTELA • • PATRIE • ; across lower field: FLORENTIA
J. Pierpont Morgan ; J. P. Morgan Jr. ; Pierpont Morgan Library (until 1950)
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