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Medallion plaque - Titian

Titian

  • Object:

    Medallion plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leoni, Leone (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    4586-1857

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze Medallion Plaque depicting the bust of Titian facing to the left, is made by Leone Leoni, in the 16th century in Italy.

Leone Leoni (ca.1509-1590) was am Italian sculptor with international perspective. Upon others he was commissioned by the Habsburg monarch Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Spain's Philip II.
It is probable that Leone's formative years were spent with learning goldsmithing in Venice or Padua. After 1533 he is recorded with his wife and son in Venice and he later lived in Rome. In 1542 he moved to Milan, where his career as a coiner and medallist flourished. He went to Brussels to propose to Charles V to erect an equestrian portrait to the emperor in Milan. Charles V gave him a house in Milan and knighted him. After that he spent 7 years working on imperial commissions in Milan. The death of Charles V shifted his focus of patronage from Spain back to Italy, where Michelangelo recommended him to Pope Pius IV, who then commissioned him to erect a tomb for the Pope's brother Gian Giacomo de' Medici in the Milan Cathedral. Completed in 1563, this is one of his most important works.
He was also well known for his art collection, plastercasts, paintings and sculpture.

Physical description

Medallion Plaque depicts the bust of Titian facing to the left, with inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Leoni, Leone (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.49 cm

Descriptive line

Medallion Plaque, bronze, depicting Titian, By Leone Leoni, Italy, 16th century

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

Attwood, Philip. Italian Medals c. 1530-1600 in British Public Collections. London: British Museum Press, 2003, 2 vols., vol. 1, p. 94.

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Medallions; Plaques & Plaquettes; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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