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Medal - Isabella d'Este

Isabella d'Este

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1495 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Romano, Gian Cristoforo (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Salting bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.232-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case SS, shelf 1

Isabella d’Este married into the wealthy Gonzaga dynasty, and was also an important patron and collector in her own right. She probably commissioned this medal in 1495, when Romano was sculptor and musician to her sister Beatrice, Duchess of Milan.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the right of Isabella, wearing a necklace. Inscription. On the reverse Astrology, a winged female figure, draped, holding a rod in her right hand. At her feet to the left a serpent, and above a star and the sign of Sagittarius. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Milan (made)

Date

ca.1495 (made)

Artist/maker

Romano, Gian Cristoforo (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'ISABELLA ESTEN MARCH . MANTVAE'
Isabella d'Este Marchioness of Mantua
obverse

'BENEMOERE NTIVM ERGO'
Because of those who favoured me
reverse

Dimensions

Depth: 0.4 cm, Diameter: 4 cm, Weight: 0.02 kg

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Isabella d'Este, by Gian Cristoforo Romano, Italy, ca. 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. 221
'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. 30
no.109
Chambers, David and Martineau, Jane (eds.), Splendours of the Gonzaga : Catalogue, London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1981

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Female figure; Rod

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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