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Medal - Lodovico Brognolo

Lodovico Brognolo

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1495 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sperandio, born 1425 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.197-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting the observant friar Lodovico Brognolo of Mantua was made by Sperandio.
Sperandio (ca. 1425 - 1504), a prolific medallist if inferior imitator of Pisanello, was born in Mantua and grew up and worked mainly in Ferrara. From 1478 to ca. 1490, however, he worked at Bologna. He got his training from his father. It is not clear when he started his medallic work, but no work could be attributed to him before 1460. It seems that Sperandio was working for Borso d'Este from the early 1460s on a continuous basis.
His activities were quite varied and there is evidence that he was also working as a goldsmith and painter. During a short stay in Faenza he was appointed by the Manfredi family to work in bronze, marble, terracotta and lead, as well as for works in gold, drawings and paintings. Lodovico Gonzaga, bishop of Mantua, recommended him to his brother Gianfrancesco as a cannon founder and architect and that is how Sperandio spent his last years of working in Venice.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the left of Brognolo, wearing a cowl. Inscription. On the reverse two praying hands, holding a rosary. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1495 (made)

Artist/maker

Sperandio, born 1425 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'LODOVICVS . BROGNO[L]O . PATRICIVS . MANTVANVS'
obverse

'SPES . MEA IN DEO . EST . / Opvs . SPERANDEI'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.9 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, bust of Lodovico Brognolo, by Sperandio, Italy, ca. 1495

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

'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. 23

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Hands; Rosary

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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