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Medal - Ludovico Sforza

Ludovico Sforza

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1488 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    7664-1861

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

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

Milan (made)

Date

ca. 1488 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'LVDOVICVS . MA . SF . VICO . DVX . BARI . DVC . GVBER .'
Obverse

'OPTIMO . CONSCILIO . SINE . ARMIS . RESTITVTA'
Reverse

'P . DECRETO'
Reverse, incised on the base of the platform.

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.86 cm

Object history note

Bought, £1 in 1861.

Descriptive line

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.

Production Note

formerly ascribed to Caradosso

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Subject; Horseback; Figures; Ships; Throne; Bust; Harbour

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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