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Medal - Andrea Barbazza

Andrea Barbazza

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1479 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sperandio, born 1425 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.195-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depcits the Messinian lawyer Andrea Barbazza and is made by Sperandio of Mantua.
Savelli Sperandio of Mantua (ca. 1425-1504) was a prolific medallist if inferior imitator of Pisanello, but worked mainly in Ferrara. From 1478 to ca. 1490, however, he worked at Bologna.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the left of Barbazza in an embroidered tunic, wearing a round cap turned up at the bottom. In his left hand, which is shown cut off at the wrist, he holds a chaperon slung over his left shoulder. Inscription. On the reverse a figure of Fame, standing on a pile of books. In her right hand an open book, in her left a closed one. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1479 (made)

Artist/maker

Sperandio, born 1425 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'ANDREAS . BARBATIA . MESANIVS . EQVES . ARAGONV . Q . REGIS . CONSILIARIVS . IVRIS . VTRIVSQ . SPLEDIDISSIMV . IVBAR'
obverse

'FAMA . SVPER . AETHERA . NOTVS . / OPVS . SPERANDEI'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 11.4 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, bust of Andrea Barbazza, by Sperandio, Italy, ca. 1479

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

A guide to the Salting Collection London, 1926
'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

Production Note

probably 1479

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Books; Chaperon

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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