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Francesco Foscari

  • Object:

    Medal francesco foscari/triumph of venice

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    middle of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gambello, Antonio di Marco da San Zaccaria (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.176-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts on the obverse the bust of the Doge of Venice, Francesco Foscari and on the reverse a representation of Venice in the form of a female figure on a throne.

Foscari was Doge from 1373-1457. He was the logest lasting Doge in the history of Venice. He was a popular Doge with affections for pageantry, jousts and tournaments.

The medal is made by Antonio di Marco Gambello (active 1458-79), who was an Italian architect and sculptor. He was the chief architect to San Zaccaria in Venice, from 1458, and worked on it all his life. The church was finished by Mauro Coducci (c.1440-1504).

Physical description

This medal depicts on the obverse the bust to the right of Foscari, wearing the "corno" and ducal robes. Inscription.
On the reverse is a female figure, for Venice, seated on a throne formed by two lions. She wears a cuirass, and carries a sword and a shield charged with a lion rampant. Beneath her feet two small figures. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

middle of 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Gambello, Antonio di Marco da San Zaccaria (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'FRANCISCVS . FOSCARI . DVX'
on the obverse.

'VENETIA MAGNA / A N'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.7 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, bust of Francesco Foscari, Doge of Venice, by Antonio di Marco Gambello, Italy (Venice), middle of 15th century

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. 410
'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. 19

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Swords; Lions; Female figure; Throne; Shields

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Royalty; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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