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Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (made)

  • Date:

    1859 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Museum number:

    6868-1860

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This medallion is a modern Italian cast, made at Milan in 1859 by an unknown artist.

    The obverse shows the bust of Filipo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, with legend and the reverse three mounted knights and the signature 'opus Pisani pictoris'.
    It constitutes a highly accurate and finished copy of the medal of c.1441 by Pisanello.

    Pisanello (Antonio Pisano - b.ca. 1395; d. 1455) was an Italian painter, draughtsman and medallist. His richly decorative frescoes, courtly and elegant painted portraits and highly original portrait medals made him one of the most popular artists of the day.

  • Physical description

    Circular medallion. Obverse: Bust of Filipo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, with legend. Reverse: Three mounted knights and signature 'opus Pisani pictoris'

  • Marks and inscriptions

    "opus Pisani pictoris"
    signature

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 9.84 cm

  • Object history note

    Historical significance: A highly accurate and finished copy of the medal of c.1441 by Pisanello

  • Descriptive line

    Medallion, Filipo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, by an unknown artist, Italy (Milan), 1859

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

    Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1860. 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.

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection