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Medal - Borso d'Este

Borso d'Este

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Ferrara (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1460 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    da Milano, Amadio (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal depicts the bust of Borso d'Este (1413-1471), who was the first Duke of Ferrara from 1450 until his death. It was made in ca. 1460 by Amadio da Milano.

Amadio was a Milanese medallist, seal engraver, enameller and goldsmith, son of Antonio Amadei da Castronago.
He was active as a goldsmith for the court of Ferrara from 1437 to 1482.
He also made ornaments for a book for Cecilia Gonzaga in 1469.
In his signatures Amadio describes himself as Aurifex (not Artifex, as the word has sometimes been read).

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust of Borso d'Este, first Duke of Ferrara and on the reverse a crest and an inscription.

Place of Origin

Ferrara (made)


ca. 1460 (made)


da Milano, Amadio (medallist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 5.08 cm

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, depicting Borso d'Este, made by Amadio di Milano, in ca. 1460, Italy

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

Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, p. 20, No. 69
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1856. 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



Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Politics


Sculpture Collection

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