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Medal - Filippo Maria Visconti,  Duke of Milan

Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    probably 1441 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pisanello (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is made by Antonio Pisano, called Pisanello (ca. 1395-1455) in ca. 1441, in Italy.

It depicts on the obverse the bust of Filippo-Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan and on the reverse a knight in armour on a horseback with two attendants.

Born Pisa or Verona, by 1395, Pisanello was an Italian painter, draughtsman and medallist. His richly decorative frescoes, courtly and elegant painted portraits and highly original portrait medals made him one of the most popular artists of the day. He travelled extensively and worked for several Italian courts, at Mantua, Ferrara, Pavia, Milan and Naples. Many of his paintings have been lost or damaged, making a reconstruction of his career difficult. He is now better known as a medallist.

Two-sided Renaissance portrait medals were a form developed by Pisanello, and commemorated individuals or events and functioned as gifts and mementoes. They were inspired by the Roman coins, with their portraits of rulers and allegorical representations on the reverse, excavated all over Italy and eagerly collected by humanist scholars.

Physical description

Medal depicts: Obv.: bust of Filippo-Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan; rev.: a knight in armour on horseback, with two attendants.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


probably 1441 (made)


Pisanello (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions




Diameter: 10 cm

Descriptive line

Medal, depicting Filippo-Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, bronze, by Pisanello, Italy, ca. 1441

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1857. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 24.
Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, p. 8.
Pisanello. Le Peintre aux sept vertus. (exh. cat), medal entries by Sylvie de Turckheim-Pey, p. 215, cat. No. 127, illus. p . 205 Paris, 1996 (Musée du Louvre, Paris).
Curtis, Penelope, Depth of Field: the place of relief in the time of Donatello, Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2004



Subjects depicted

Knight; Horse; Armour


Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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