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Lorenzo ciglia Mocchi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1495 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fiorentino, Niccolo Niccolo di Forzore Spinelli, born 1430 - died 1514 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depcits the schculptor and medallist Lorenzo Ciglia Mocchi and is made by Niccolo Fiorentino.
Niccolo Fiorentino (1430-1514) - also called Niccolo di Forzore Spinelli - grand newphew of the painter Spinello Aretino, was born in Florence of a family of goldsmiths of the Popolo of S. Maria Novella. It is possible that he is identical with the 'Nicolas de Spinel' who was mentioned in 1468 in the accounts of the Dukes of Burgundy as having engraved seals for Charles the Bald.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the left of Lorenzo, in a small round cap turned up at the back. Inscription. On the reverse is Fortune, as a naked woman standing on a dolphin swimming in the sea. She is seen in three quarter face to the left, and holds a sail, the yard in her right hand and the sheet in the left. On the left, a radiant face in profile emerging from the sea. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


1495 (dated)


Fiorentino, Niccolo Niccolo di Forzore Spinelli, born 1430 - died 1514 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions


'. L . C . M . ARIDEAT . VSQVE . / 1495'


Diameter: 8.5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, bust of Lorenzo Ciglia Mocchi, by Niccolo Fiorentino, Italy (Florence), dated 1495

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, no. 968
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 26



Subjects depicted

Dolphin; Sail; Yard


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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