- Place of origin:
ca. 1488 (made)
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This bronze medal formerly ascribed to Caradosso is made my an unknown medallist in Italy in Milan in ca. 1488. It represents the bust of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, and on the reverse Ludovico on his throne.
Lodovico Sforza also called 'Il Moro’, (1452-1508) became Duke of Milan in 1494. He was the fourth son of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti. He married Ercole I d'Este's youngest daughter Beatrice d'Este. He was a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and also the one who commissioned the Last Supper.
Medal depicts on the obverse the bust of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. On the reverse is Sforza on his throne and before him numerous armed figures on horseback. In the background the fortified harbour of Genoa with ships. Pearled border.
Place of Origin
ca. 1488 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Marks and inscriptions
'LVDOVICVS . MA . SF . VICO . DVX . BARI . DVC . GVBER .'
'OPTIMO . CONSCILIO . SINE . ARMIS . RESTITVTA'
'P . DECRETO'
Reverse, incised on the base of the platform.
Diameter: 2.86 cm
Object history note
Bought, £1 in 1861.
Medal, bronze, Lodovico Sforza il Moro, Duke of Milan, Italy, probably 1488
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861. 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. 23
Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, p. 169.
formerly ascribed to Caradosso
Subject; Horseback; Figures; Ships; Throne; Bust; Harbour
Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture